Peering over the edge, this couple provided a subtle hint of colour against the pale architecture of the British Museum’s Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. The Great Court is an interesting combination of modern and traditional architecture, further emphasised by the slightly odd combination of uses of the Great Court itself, with historical sculptures dotted among the cafe servery and benches, shop displays, and pedestrian traffic moving between the various exhibition halls.
This picture of people turbine hall of the Tate Modern, originally the Bankside Power Station, is one of the first pictures I took with my first DSLR. Perhaps it’s just nostalgia, but it’s still one of my favourites.
Personally, the highlight of the British Museum has got to be the Rosetta Stone. It’s also their most visited item. As I watched the hordes press up against the glass, waiting to see if I’d ever be able to take a clear picture without having to muscle my way to the front, I was struck by the reflections created as people lent forward to peer at the inscription, and a new photographic project was born. Now I just need to get back there and finish it…
In this particular picture, I love the way her face seems to be a hologram trapped in the stone – I’m sure there’s a metaphor in there somewhere.
A conversation with a friend reminded me that photography has been banned at the Musee d’Orsay for a couple of years now, which is a real shame, since this was one of my favourite museums for photography. This picture was taken before the ban, and sums up what I love about photographing museums – capturing the relationships between the building, the people and the art.
The cynic in me says this was mostly a move to protect the sales of the museum shop – but on the other hand, I have to acknowledge the increasing numbers of photographers who can’t obey simple ‘no flash’ rules probably had something to do with it as well.
A child taking a picture somewhere deep in the halls of the Vatican Museums. Come to think of it, I’m fairly certain this picture was taken in the Gallery of Tapestries, a long hall displaying a collection of 15th and 17th century tapestries.
Yes, it’s blurry. No, I don’t care!
Exhibition artworks reflect in one another while the shadow of a security guard passes by.