Girl in a Museum, Washington D.C.

Picture of little girl sitting in front of paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Girl in a Museum, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

To escape the stifling heat of an apartment with a broken air conditioner, I headed over to the National Gallery of Art on the weekend.  As I was admiring two of Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series, a family entered the room, listening to their audio commentary, and the kids immediately pulled out these tiny folding chairs and sat themselves down.  This little girl lingered after the rest of the family moved on, and for a brief moment, was alone in the room with the art.

30 thoughts on “Girl in a Museum, Washington D.C.

    • Thanks Jane! I always feel very awkward taking picture of people who are looking at art, so I don’t do a lot as close as this (when it comes to museum photography, I am all about the architecture – photos of small people standing in graphically pleasing spots in architecturally interesting places is more my scene), but there was no way I could not take this picture as soon as I saw it.

    • Thanks for the link! I’ll have to let him know we matched for the day 🙂

      I like art galleries, both for the art itself, and the photographic opportunities they provide – they’re win-win for me 🙂

      • Pleasure 🙂 I’ve found that many galleries don’t allow photography any more! I think much of that is about protecting paintings from flash photography but it makes me sad not to be able to capture such intimate moments as you an Shane have within some of my own favourite galleries 😦

        • Yes, I was honestly surprised to find the NGA was OK with it (except in specially marked areas) and even more surprised (and pleased) to see that, though there was a lot of people taking pictures, everyone managed to turn of their flash! I almost cried when I found out the Musee d’Orsay now bans photography, it was such a great place to shoot in.

    • Thank you! I wasn’t familar with his work, but I just did a bit of hunting, and I am flattered by the comparison! And thanks for bringing him to my attention, I need to go explore his work in more detail now.

  1. Fantastic shot! Simple and yet it speaks volumes. How I would love to know what this young girl is thinking and where her talents and interests lay. I see Sarah already mentioned Shane’s very similar photograph. What a lovely coincidence 🙂

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