Shooting at MoMA (Part Two)

This is part two of a series of posts about photographing people looking at artwork at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. If you missed Part One, see it here. The woman above got very close to this Jackson Pollock, leaning in some times, perhaps in hopes it might make more sense that way. I’m still struggling with Pollock’s work – viewed at any distance.

So, this was a painting that caught my attention. I agree with the message – but what does it say about itself as a work of art? No one seemed much interested in lingering over this one.

Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World is one of the most famous paintings of the 20th Century. (and one I can get my arms around more easily than the Jackson Pollock painting). I was intrigued that this photograph showed more of the viewer’s face than is shown of Christina’s face in the painting. What is the viewer thinking? Perhaps she is imagining what is going on in Christina’s mind. And your humble photographer/blogger is wondering about both women’s thoughts and feelings.

This gentleman stared at this painting for a LONG time. He listened to the audio guide, then checked out the work from straight on, the left side, the right side, up close and far back. He was totally absorbed, which made my job much easier. I never got “caught” on this one, even though I took over a dozen pictures of him.

Here’s our friend from the first post, still up on her toes on one foot.

You may be wondering why I didn’t show the whole painting here – but even if  you saw all the words, it still wouldn’t make sense. This woman had taken a picture of the work on her iPad, hoping that would reveal the paintings hidden secrets.

Remember Patty Hearst? Loved the Red Keds and green shoulder bag here – colors likely not featured in Patty Hearst’s fashion palette.

This kid was intently studying these paintings – each one a flat black rectangle, nicely matted and framed. Maybe the audio guide helped here – or perhaps going down in a catcher’s crouch provided the answers.

Out in the sculpture garden, this fellow got down low to capture these fountains on his iPhone. His friend, out of the picture frame, and I gave each other knowing glances.

Let me know what your reactions are to these pictures. As always, I appreciate your interest in my work.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.


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