The Guilty Party

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunday at the Museum With a Camera

I really like the Phoenix Art Museum. It is just a cool place to spend some time. We became members a few years back because it was actually the most economical way to ensure we could get into see one of those monster, super popular traveling shows that museums like to host, and we've just kept the membership going because we love the place and it pays for itself a couple times over every year.

This Sunday we went in order to check out the Ansel Adams "Discoveries" exhibit and the other photography exhibit which is called "Exposing Time". Both were fascinating. The Adams exhibit has about 140 images, many of them familiar, but just as many quite new to most viewers. For instance, there were color images he had done late in his career as well as snapshots he had taken as a young teen while on vacation with his family. Great stuff. The Exposing Time exhibit used a "time passes" format to showcase photography's ability to capture not only a moment in time but also the passage of time or even the effects of time. Before and after shots of a midwest town immediately after a tornado hit and a year later. An extensive series of pictures of four sisters, taken every year for over twenty years. All tightly composed and all amazing in what they showed us of each sister's character.

But one of the things I most enjoy about visiting any museum is seeking out photo opportunities for myself. Great museums are usually interesting buildings themselves, containing wonderful spaces with eye catching details all over the place, if you are inclined to have your eye caught, that is. Here are a few of the shots I took yesterday.

Looking out of a window pane that, if we were all remembered correctly, has been in need of replacing since last time we visited.

 I have been fascinated by this sculpture that has these liquidy silver shapes on a flat silver surface for some time. Now it is even more interesting because of the wall of graduated color paper that shares the room.

 A projected rectangle of light. Normally I'm not a big fan of this sort of modern art, but in this setting I think it works.

My wife and daughter caught checking out the other side of the graduated colored paper wall. 

Here's the thing about a visit to the museum. If you do it right, it helps open your eyes to the beautiful, mystifying, scary, freakish, captivating, stunning, wondrous sights all around you every day. And it would be a shame to miss those.

Go Ye Forth and Do Likewise.

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I am a writer with a longtime interest in photography. I'm a dad, husband, photographer, and not very good guitarist. My first novel, Boomerang, is available in both paperback and ebook form at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and As a matter of fact, my second novel, The Baer Boys, can be found at exactly the same places.