Monday, April 23, 2012

Picture This

I've been museum-hopping and now carry images that thrilled, surprised, or made me scratch my head. The real head-scratcher, though, wasn't the works of art but the behavior of some camera-toting sportsmen intent on capturing digital trophies.

Think I'm overdoing it with the big game-hunter imagery? Picture someone with a digital camera planted squarely in front of a painting. He fiddles with settings, adjusts this and that, and, finally takes the shot. Now and only now can someone else can get close enough to see the painting.

Then, there are the digital-phone-wielding spectators who point, click, but spend zero time appreciating the works of art they snapped. Am I being unfair? Did they snap those pictures so they can appreciate the art works at home, at their leisure? I doubt it. Most are collecting digital souvenirs--proof I was there.

Some museums forbid photo-taking. That doesn't stop the point-and-clickers who pretend they don't understand what's meant by the image of a camera and a red diagonal slash.

On the other hand, I get a kick out of museum-goers driven to mimic works of art. They prop their chins on their knuckles like Rodin's The Thinker and couples act out The Kiss.

Museums are almost as good for people-watching as they are for art appreciation. Now, if only that guy with the iPhone would get out of my way.


Lark Howard said...

You're so right, Pat!! The last time I was at the Louvre, I laughed out loud watching people snap themselves on their iPhones with the Mona Lisa in the background . Yep, they were there and had a pic to prove it.

One evening we were on the top deck of the Bateau Mouche and watched a a half dozen Japanese tourists stand rigid and silent while one of them videoed the group with Paris slowly passing behind them. We cracked up! Yo, people, it's a video so you can move and talk!!!

Pat O'Dea Rosen said...

Alas, I have proof members of my family are picture-of-picture snappers. Mine are rarely still, though.

The high quality picture Younger Daughter gets on her iPhone astonishes me.

Coleen Patrick said...

I used to think my husband went overboard on taking pictures--especially when he would take one of just the scenery (without any family in it). But now that I have a blog and like to use photos in it, I find myself looking for the ones without people! Oh the irony. :)

Pat O'Dea Rosen said...

Hi, Coleen,
I like to commit scenes, people, and places to memory and am not big on taking pictures. That means, of course, I'll be dependent upon the kindness of Hubs and the kids for many blogpost photos to come.

Irony trips me up at least once a day.