Small in size, but huge in stature…the one and only, Mona Lisa. Think she’s popular? Looks great for her age too, yeah? :)
I’ve had some good conversations recently with Kristin (KristinsCamera) regarding personal and human connections through photography, derived by choices of subjects and spontaneous moments. This has led me to post this photo today, and one which I would like to dedicate to her…Kristin, that is…not Mona Lisa! I’ve also included a WS picture which follows her passion for street photography.
Nothing uncommon to photograph people taking a picture of something so monumental as this particular painting, but it was the frenzied chaos of everyone vying for the best possible spot and their efforts to obtain that classic shot that garnered my attention, and thus relates to what we’ve been discussing. With a sizeable crop from the original and high ISO, the image quality suffers…however, I’m much more content with the memory and feeling of excitement and fascination that existed in the moment, having the opportunity to see such a masterpiece myself. Hopefully I’ve been able to convey that atmosphere with this capture.
I have to say too, I know nothing about art…but I was quite taken in by this painting, it really does deserve the adulation.
I’m headed home for the holidays, so my presence will be sporadic for a week or so…that should make everyone happy! :) I’ll still be around though, because it just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t at least post one more picture with something that pertains to Christmas. Have a great day everyone.
Thanks for stopping by.
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lousat (82720) 2013-12-19 3:58
Hi Jason,all are crazy for Monna Lisa...ehehe...what a nice idea this pic,a lot of people in front of the most famous peinture of the world,a beautiful large view whit fine details till the face despite the very long distance and the difficult light,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Sergiom (67560) 2013-12-19 3:59
Elle a appris à jouer à la vedette avec le temps. Tellement d'admirateurs pour la prendre en photos, jour après jours. On dirait bien des paparazzis en action. J'aime beaucoup l'idée.
yquem46 (38750) 2013-12-19 4:10
I like that ! Just great !
Seeing this big bunch of people crowded in front of Joconde makes me smile
have a nice day, all the best
CLODO (32220) 2013-12-19 4:12
By cropping, you got a landscape size of the crowd taking HER in picture! Some don't have a camera! I looked closely at the guards, facing the crowd, as bodyguards for a VIP.
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-19 4:16
That is a very well thought out, unique and innovative photo. Great work! You have caught them unawares. I like the way how you have conveyed the apt attention with which the onlookers and photographers are capturing, viewing or filming this famous work of art. Great thing is that not even single one of them has noticed you clicking. Great timing and opportunism. I like the framing you have used to present it...it looks like a painting as well :-). Thanks for sharing.
cornejo (35919) 2013-12-19 4:30
Hi Jason, interesting photograph of this scene bonded people to take picture of the Mona Lisa, beautifully captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this nice work.
Good morning and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Noel_Byrne (27448) 2013-12-19 5:05
All these years, experts have asked, what is she looking at, why is she so bemused, what was going on. And now we know, she is looking at this mass of people and wondering what the hell they are all playing at jostling for position to take her picture! She mus surely be the most recognized face in the world, and with that in mind, i'm surprised she hasnt been sponsored by Loreal. Because the lady is worth it.
I do like this capture a lot, you have captured the sense of madness here, and thats completely at odds with images we see of this picture, where its calm and demure and we can study her appearance in great detail. It would appear in real life you will be lucky to see it at all and leave without the imprint of somebody elses elbow in the side of your head!
Fantastic original catch Jason, I like this is a lot and a pure Trekearth post.
Wishing you the best of everything for the holiday season,
tyro (22184) 2013-12-19 6:15
Well, I think La Gioconda certainly deserves all the admiration she has received over the centuries and I agree that she's still pretty good looking for a 500-year-old too!
I think your picture is brilliant - it really does capture the enthusiasm of the crowds battling with each other to get a decent view (and perhaps even a half decent photograph) of this famous painting. And considering that this must have been talen in quite poor light and with high ISO, you have done very well indeed to come up with such a technically good image.
I see that you're now staring to enjoy taking more pictures which include people and your workshop picture is a fine example. Like yourself, I'm coming to the conclusion that people really can make or break a photograph and, more often than not, they do add interest and appeal. Have a look at some of the wonderful photographs of Gert (holmetz) - almost all of his include people, often from unusual places, and I think you'll see just how much humans can add to images.
P.S. On the subject of the Mona Lisa herself: I read somewhere that a lot of the appeal which this painting has is due to the fact that it is one of the very first paintings in which "aerial perspective" was used. Of course, in times much before Leonardo, paintings looked "flat" with no linear perspective at all but then artists realised about linear perspective and incorporated that in their paintings and added realism. But "aerial perspective" is that feature that we all subconsciously notice when we look at a scene - close objects appear with saturated colours and high contrast whereas distant objects like mountains and far off buildings appear less contrasty and their colours are less saturated or "weaker". If you look at this painting, the girl herself is quite clear and contrasty and her colours well saturated but the distant view is less so in both respects: that adds depth to the image and makes the girl "stand out" against her background much more effectively and realistically than would have been the case had this "aerial perspective" not have been observed or employed. Quite interesting I thought.
ikeharel (63039) 2013-12-19 6:18
Main attraction is the famous painting, but the scondary subject here are the people.
Almost everyone is focusing a camera over the same wall, by itself rather empty space on the museum - but yet draw viewers from around the world.
The other painted pictures are really neglected, and some are well painted.
Nice taken a vibrant scene.
macjake (61566) 2013-12-19 10:52
the world is full of deception!
I was astonished (but not anymore) when i first learned that the museum will often show the 'fake' Mona Lisa, and nobody even knows the difference.
They do it to preserve the real Mona Lisa.
So which one did you see here on this day? who knows!
Not to open up the doors to other conversations, but it just makes me wonder what else is going on around the world that we the every-day-folk are getting scammed with.
Lets hope you were there for the real thing, but as you mentioned its the overall experience that you're actually getting here, and the photo captures it well.
Hope you have a happy holiday with you and your family!!!
Cricri (111515) 2013-12-19 11:17
étonnant qu'on laisse prendre des photos du tableau, peut être non avec le flash!!! petite mais qui attire beaucoup de monde, c'est fou, c'est pas trop mon style mais par contre j'aime voir cette image et celle plus tendre en WS
EstudioChispa (2144) 2013-12-19 13:53
This is perfect, Jason. Here's the reason I love it: as a (occasionally, in the distant past) photojournalist, the picture I WANT from here is the perfect, full-frame, no-reflection documentary shot of Ms. Mona Lisa. But unless you have the keys to the kingdom, you ain't gonna get it. Neither are ANY of these tourists holding up their cell phones or little point-n-shoots. But in a textbook lesson of "going with the flow," you have stepped back and given us the BETTER document -- the art in context and the scene she engenders, at the ripe old age of 400!
My new favorite foto from the Louvre!
Best regards, happy holidays!
nikkitta (16862) 2013-12-19 14:00
Hola Jason, mon ami du Nord
English this time to comment this crazy way people has to watch a picture, or fireworks or wahtever it was, not to speak about sports
Instead of enjoying and watching they prefer bad photos taken with phones
Good to take distance to take the capture at the people behaving that way
Like and enjoy the actitude of the guardian at the left, quite feed up by the multitude
All the best for the incoming holidays, hope you will enjoy being with your family!!!
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-12-20 1:22
I guess it´s the most famous and intriguing smile the world.The crowds leave no doubt.
What I like the most is definitely your wide-angle perspective presenting us the whole scene with its context.
Brilliant idea and execution my friend!
Have a nice day
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-20 6:14
Catching up a bit after a few days of over indulgence. Love this shot, it sums up the frenetic appeal of this amazing piece of art. Mind you with the images that you have been posting lately I would have expected at least the Venus de Milo! (another bit of armless fun).
I must have been exceptionally lucky when I viewed this masterpiece, because it was nowhere near as busy as this. Fascinating seeing it in this setting and a wonderfully original take on its presence and impact, plus this shot gives us such a great sense of its size.
Have a good weekend - Brian.
Enjoy the holidays.
Milk bones? ………you Americans even your dogs are into dairy produce! ;-p
ourania (36486) 2013-12-20 10:05
I love this painting, have studied it and read a lot about it but don't know if I'd stand in front of it fighting for a decent viewpoint and viewing time. I like very much the symmetry of your panoramic frame, the solitude of Mona Lisa (just remembered Nat King Cole's song:)and the dense and vibrant foreground -the juxtaposition is stunning. In your picture it's so interesting to study the postures and attitudes of the people, there's an intriguing variety. There's wonderful depth and the atmosphere of the foreground differs from that of the background. A detail I love is the hand with the camera emerging from the lower left corner. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Waylim (25368) 2013-12-20 15:50
I was here many years ago, before the digital camera day, and you were not allow to use flash and with film camera without flash is really not working well at all. Might as well buy a post card or poster of it. The only reason to take picture of it just to say that you have been here. I like this kaotic scene with good sense of humor but a reality. There are better paintings out there and didn't get as much attention. :)
emka (86607) 2013-12-20 23:46
Hi jason, Quite funny shot. Too many people to admire Mona Lisa in quiet. But at least you can make photos, in many museums and churches it is not allowed)and then I often do not go there :)).
I experienced a scene like this in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, in front of the Rembrandt's Night Watch and Vermeer Milkmaid.
have a wonderful Christmas with family
jhm (144328) 2013-12-23 4:42
One member of TE professor Bulent is a great specialist about the Mona Lisa, he wrote books about these wonderful lady, I have one of his books.
Colours and subject makes these picture attractive.
A nice composition, excellent captured
Very well done, TFS.
Merry Christmas to you and your family,
danos (90429) 2013-12-23 13:07
a very nice snapshot with all these visitors of the Museum to shot Mona Lisa this worldwide famous painting.I like the excellent light and colour management as the good reportage shot.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year,Danos
fabbs99 (16817) 2013-12-23 19:40
Excellent shot of people looking at Monalisa .Nice colors and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
delpeoples (55094) 2013-12-23 23:28
A great shot of people taking shots of this famous lady. There's an awful lot of fuss made over this tiny little painting, but with good reason. The only gripe I have is that she's not where she belongs - in Italy. But that argument's for another occasion. Speaking of occasions, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and travel-soaked 2014.
serp2000 (42114) 2013-12-24 4:28
Well, it reminds me a scene from Miloan. I have seen the turn to "The Last Supper" of the same Leonardo. I am not a fan and not an expert of highbrowed art. But I like the Da Vinchi heritage. Good capture of the event.
Merry Christams to you, my dear friend!
kwekwekan (1078) 2014-02-04 18:31
A great shot! You have really turned the crowd into a work of art in its own right. I really like the dualism of old and modern, especially with all the digital apparatus in the air. Then you have the guardians of tradition squared off in either corner, seemingly completely distracted and uninterested in the whole scene. A story telling image of many elements of our world. Congrats!