Spent a day or 4 in Amsterdam recently - lovely place lovely folk. Went to a couple of their glorious museums - photo galleries etc. - no greater I dare say than ours here but different - It's Holland
Amongst others went to the rijksmuseum - re-opened recently after years of renovation.
Overwhelming as with any museum where the truly great are presented.
Extraordinarily tho you can take photographs - no flash - but shoot if you will.......
I had been earlier to an exhibition elsewhere of the American photographer Kline - dunno whether you were allowed to take shots there but I did - even managing to get TEN yes TEN local lasses to line up against a full wall shot of one of his shots -- not madly successful - but will maybe discuss that later.
For the time being ... I arrive in this room .... I see totally overwhelming paintings bigger than the size of most of our living rooms ... of a quality and lighting that you need to see to understand.
One the whole there is little point in shooting shots of other creative folks work and showing it - Why? - it's pointless - no value! .... except for academic reasons ...
However ...... these magnificent paintings of people showing off were being viewed in some cases by hundreds of people (not showing off) - therein lay a tension ... which I decide to try and capture.
I took many of the same painting with of course different comps - some more successful than others - I may present them as a sequence but for the moment here is one.
I quite like the geezer in the foreground - he's echoed somewhere in the painting ?
Could have avoided clipping the right side
Taken Live View 6400 ISO- focused manually - set manual readings then switched to live view!!!
depth of field is an obvious problem - seems ok!
hope you like it
Tags: Photo journalism
Portraits and people
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