Photographer's Note


The Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island, houses over 80,000 works of art, ranging from ancient Greek and Roman sculpture to French Impressionist paintings, from Chinese stone and terracotta sculpture to contemporary art in every medium, including textiles, ceramics, glass, and furniture. In the photograph is seen a young art connoisseur, according to his father, just three days short of his third birthday. The early 19th century work he is seen examining hangs in the “Old Europeans Paintings Gallery” of RISD.

The quality of the photograph is far below the capabilities of my new camera, a Nikon-D200, and represents a hurried shot, with no tripod, no flash, and worst of all, with the camera set at small file size 1868x1250 pixels (807 KB). The camera, capable of 10.2 MB file size, should have been set at larger file size, and on RAW+JPG. Because of the fleeting nature or the circumstance, catching the child contemplating the large painting, I had to pull out the camera, and shoot reflexively. For me, the moment has a Norman Rockwell atmosphere.

While offering an apology for the less than stellar quality, I do wish my friends at Trekearth a Happy New Year!

NOTE: Four and a half years later the young connoisseur is seen standing in front of the same painting, but flanked by a pair of older sibling.

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