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September 2, 2008

A Van Gogh

Filed under: akikana — akikana @ 12:57

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.



  1. A Van Gogh, a museum, a camera, in the UK, out on your ear.

    The left corner looks like an image magnet drawing everything to it!

    Have you nicked Matt”s grain?

    Comment by Rex — September 3, 2008 @ 21:05

  2. ‘The left corner looks like an image magnet drawing everything to it!’

    Indeed it does. The akikana askew view is at work here.

    Comment by matt — September 4, 2008 @ 12:34

  3. This doesn’t look as modern as the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. One would need a silent shutter to get away with this in UK.

    Whilst the composition is very adroit, I’m sure that it is the grain that makes it appealing, especially that 3-D effect of the frame . Would it work so well in colour?

    Comment by John Ellis — September 5, 2008 @ 18:24

  4. I find the grain and geometry appealing, great picture.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — September 7, 2008 @ 01:22

  5. A number of akikana stylistic trademarks here, but I’m left less interested in the result than with the Tokyo stuff. I can’t work out whether that is because this is less exotic to my western eyes, or whether particular photo adds less to the subject matter than your other recent photos do.

    For the English commenters – I point out the V&A. Photography specifically encouraged. Also Manchester city art gallery puts up very apologetic notes against individual works that are out of bounds photographically. The implication being that everything else is photographable.

    Comment by Colin — September 8, 2008 @ 08:03

  6. I haven’t been to the V & A since the ’50s! In smaller galleries, I usually ask if it is not immediately obvious whether photography is allowed and most times it is OK. It is the large central London galleries that are worst.

    The National Library of Wales (here) is paranoid about photography in its galleries, even of any part of the building inside.

    Comment by John Ellis — September 8, 2008 @ 10:06

  7. I appreciate the shapes, the grain, and what seems almost like movement in this image (Rex’s magnet comment said it well). It is nicely designed. However, I’m with Colin in that it is not as interesting to me as most of your others.

    Comment by Christina — September 8, 2008 @ 17:26

  8. Thanks for the comments. No idea it would come out so grainy. I was scanning another frame taken outside and getting just as much ‘grain’ on the scan. Looks like I’m having some scanning issues rather than film issues as the negative (as best I can make out) looks fine. Anyway, a quick trip to NY earlier this year got the 35mm out of storage for a whirl. This museum plus MoMA are more than happy for non-flash camera work for private use to be done. MoMA was excellent (as was the Guggenheim) however, they were revamping their photography section so could only get to see a very small selection of their archive.

    Comment by akikana — September 9, 2008 @ 12:46

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