This week’s challange – So what’s your muse — what subject do you turn to frequently, more inspired each time? (For more information, GO HERE!)
My go to photo spot would have to be The Apotheosis of Saint Louis … better known to locals as the guy in armor astride his galant steed at the top of Art Hill in Forest Park. He’s been sitting out in front of the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art for well over one hundred years now. And he’s probably been photographed by multi-millions of visitors. I know I have photographed him every time I walk up Art Hill. Always hoping to get that one perfect photo. I’ve photographed him in the early morning sun and at sunset from the front, the sides and once even from the rear. Here’s two of my most recent efforts.
From the front base of the sculpture – early morning.
From the left side at dusk – evening illumination.
Who knows what the next shot will be?
They were in a shatter-proof case in the Oriental Galleries of the Saint Louis Art Museum, and they were so cute I just had to take their pictures. Officially they’re known as Edo period Censer in the Form of Two Puppies, which we would probable call a Wizard Air Freshener if it was in our houses. But they were still very cute puppies.
For this challenge, share an image of symmetry. Don’t limit yourself to architecture — you can bend this theme in any way you’d like. (For more information, go here!)
Vase or urn, it is still quite symmetrical!
It stands in the window of the Saint Louis Art Museum in a room that was once the Museum’s Library.
And the windows and all of the reflections are, too!
By the way, that vase and window or one of my favorite stops whenever I visit the museum.
Symmetry (noun): the quality of something that has two sides or halves that are the same or very close in size, shape, and position; the quality of having symmetrical parts.
“Thanksgiving” by Norman Rockwell
I don’t know what it is about this painting, but I’ve been back to visit this work three times since it went on display in the American Art Galleries early this year. It is a very special work, and I encourage you to visit it. And admission to the Museum is FREE TO ALL every day.
Last Saturday, I went to the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art for yet another visit to the Metropolitan Opera Live In HD. First I must confess that one of my musical passions is the wonderful operettas of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You don’t hear them much these days, but when I was a kid they were still quite popular. Also, my grandfather had a player piano with a lot of the music on paper rolls that I would play … as long as my legs held up. Operettas on a piano roll was some of the most beautiful music ever written. And it is even better when someone with a beautiful voice is available to sing it. And that’s what happened on Saturday. The Met created a new production of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow starring Renee Fleming and broadcast it live to theaters around the world as part of their Live From New York season. (And yes, in case you’re wondering, that’s how my dog, Mlle. Renee, got her name.)
The Merry Widow supplied everything needed for a fantastic and entertaining afternoon … fabulous sets, lavish costumes, low comedy, whirling waltzes, Hungarian dances, can-can dancers, marvelous singing and one of the world’s greatest orchestras in high-definition stero-surround sound.
If you haven’t been to one of the Met’s broadcasts, you should consider going. They’re shown LIVE on Saturday afternoons and repeated on Wednesday evenings in local theaters around the US … and also in almost all the countries around the world. And it’s almost as good as being in the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. (Ok, I’ve only been there once and it was unforgettable!) For more information, go here!
Here’s a sneak video clip …\
Possibility. Opportunity. Potential. As another year gets underway, let’s celebrate the new. (For more information, go here!)
My NEW photograph is one I took a week or so ago as 2014 began to dwindle away into another winter day. It was a photograph of Roxy Paine’s 56 foot tall stainless steel sculpture of a barren tree (Placebo) standing on a hillside next to the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art. I’ve seen the work every time I’ve visited the museum and photographed it uncounted times more. But this winter afternoon as the sun was beginning to set I saw the work in a new way.
Except for the evergreen trees that stood to either side, it was as barren as the other trees in the surrounding forest. But it stood there gleaming in the fading winter sun offering hope of warmer times to come. Like I said, I had photographed it many times before. But every time before it had always been from a different point of view that showed the work standing alone. This was the first time I had photographed it as part of the forest that shared its hillside. It made a big difference.
This is a date sequence that will not happen again until January 2, 2103 — 01/02/03 … a day I think I’m going to miss.
Anyway, I arrived at the holiday decorated building shortly after it opened on Saturday morning because I was going to see the six-hour Live In HD broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s classic production of Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nüremberg in three acts with two 45-minute intermissions.
As you can see from the photo is was a classic full-scale production that totally filled the Met’s stage. And it was glorious! It’s easy to watch a six-hour production when you’re sitting in the comfortable seats of the Art Museum’s Farrell Auditorium with stereo surround sound and high-definition video projection. And there’s lots of leg room between the rows of seats!
And I got through all three acts without dozing off! It was a total experience of a lifetime! And as I walked out of the museum (at five o’clock) I was even able to get a photo of the Museum in its after dark illumination.
Despite what you might have heard on the national news recently, Saint Louis is a beautiful and friendly place to not only live, but also to visit.
And everyone is welcome here!
Yes, I spent two … count them TWO … days at the Saint Louis Art Museum this week. On Friday, I went to look at the art. Specifically, a new exhibit of the work of Missouri artist and sculptor Nick Cave. He is the sculptor of a series of whimsical wearable sculptures called soundsuits. And you really have to see them. They’re unique.
There is also a video of a performance featuring the soundsuits that you can watch. If you’re visiting the city between now and March 8 you MUST see this in person.
And this one I really didn’t understand.
Where else can you travel through the art work of almost 5,000 years in a single afternoon? And on a Friday afternoon, you can see everything including special exhibitions for free.