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Gallery Seventy Two: Bringing the museum to life



Museums offer a unique opportunity for photographers to interpret the wonders of history, the natural world, and the realm of art itself. Although some museums ban photography altogether, many still welcome photographers, as long as they use natural light and refrain from using flash or tripods. As long as our work remains non-commercial, most museums will grant us the freedom to photograph their exhibits. Shooting in museums is very easy, as long as the exhibits are not displayed under glass. Digital photography makes it easy to shoot in museums with available light, allowing us to adjust our ISO settings to match the amount of ambient light. Many contemporary museums are designed with light in mind, in order to best display their wondrous works. Such lighting schemes can often become the basis of our imagery.

On a trip across Canada, I had a chance to make some images in two of that country’s most famous museums: Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, a treasure house of both world cultures and the natural world, as well as in the amazing Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The examples in this gallery attempt to express the essence of museum exhibits, as well as interpreting the vitality of visitors and museum staff alike. I hope to add additional images to this gallery from museums I may visit in the future.

I present this gallery, as usual, in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.