Ode to Norman Rockwell

I was watching a documentary on Norman Rockwell last week and saw one of his illustrations for the first time – it was called “The Connoisseur”.  It was featured in early 1962 as one of his 322 covers of the Saturday Evening Post.  I hadn’t seen this artwork before, but it immediately reminded me of a photograph I took in a small museum in Georgia earlier this year.  Not exactly the same, but brought a quick smile…




Midnight (1993)

I vaguely remember watching the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” some years back and not enjoying it very much.  But I also remember seeing the book that inspired the movie and appreciating its cover photograph.  I haven’t given it much thought since, until I was in Savannah, Georgia again this week.  I was looking for something new to do and bought a ticket to the Telfair Museums.  The $20 ticket provides access to the Telfair Academy, the Jepson Center, and the Owens-Thomas House.  It was in the Jepson Center, a small contemporary art gallery, that the original “Bird Girl” statue was standing.

Bird Girl Statue, Telfair Museum, Jepson Center, Savannah, Georg

The “Bird Girl” Statue, now displayed in the Jepson Center, Savannah, Georgia

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Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg is a relatively new city.  Though In central Johannesburg,  one of the oldest structures, the Old Fort,  was built at the end of the 19th century.  For most of its life, until it closed in 1983, the grounds served as a prison.  First as a place to confine war prisoners, then gradually to a more ominous history during the apartheid period.  It was a place where both Mahatma Gandhi and later Nelson Mandela were held.  Today, it’s preserved as a museum and you can walk in the formerly overcrowded cells, including Mandela’s. Continue reading

Philly Art


Roman Goddess of the Hunt, Diana

Roman Goddess of the Hunt, Diana

The Museum of Art in Philadelphia is one of the largest in the U.S.  It’s been a few years since my last stop inside so I made an effort to visit last week while in the area.  The exhibits are divided among two large floors, with the contemporary and special exhibits on the first floor, and Asian, European, and miscellaneous collections on the second.  Separating the floors is a grand staircase with a large statue of Diana on the balcony.

Man with a Violin, Pablo Picasso

Man with a Violin, Pablo Picasso (1911-12, oil on canvas)

Photographing in large museums is usually pretty easy as the lighting is well designed and the galleries provide a lot of space to move around.  I shoot in raw, so any fluctuations in light temperatures are easily corrected back at the computer.  I do usually have to increase the ISO settings to 800-1600 to get an adequate shutter speed to avoid blur.

Paul by Chuck Close, 1994 Oil on canvas

Paul by Chuck Close, 1994 Oil on canvas

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