Museums - ongoing...


Link Posted 06/09/2018 - 21:03
Like my last post from a while back, these are from the very nice municipal museum in Agen (halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse, southwest France).

This room was mostly occupied by local native François-Xavier Lalanne, known for his utilitarian (cabinets, drawers, sofas...) animalistic sculptures. Quite talented with pencil and ink as well.

The display cabinets were themselves objects of great craftmanship. These bird-lamps by Heike Muhlhaus fit in beautifully.

And I liked this flaming sun-mirror (I'm not sure this was a Lalanne creation), which somehow echoed the aforementioned bird-lamps.


Link Posted 07/09/2018 - 06:14
Amazing set of images. The bird lamps are so delightful.
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Link Posted 07/09/2018 - 12:27
I think the mono tones and contrasts project the character and nuances of the subjects well, and there's an appropriate "arty" feeling, a sophistication, that the photos convey.

I'm not so convinced by the compositions which seem to, in some cases, present the subjects at a tangent, or even cut off, and in some there is a lack of focal point, meaning it's hard to latch on visually.
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Link Posted 07/09/2018 - 16:50
Thanks for the kudos, DSP.

And thanks for the thoughts, Nigel. I do admit to striving for a general feel in most of my images, rather than necessarily having a clearly delineated subject. Your first paragraph is a confirmation I should continue that route, while your second gives me good warning that, perhaps, attention must also be paid to affirming structure within that mindframe.


Link Posted 09/09/2018 - 14:18
Strong sense of mood, as ever... really like the half seen elements... and the interplay of shadow, reflection and the real thing... particularly like the half beast of no. 1 (head and feet, body replaced by head and light reflection), and the paint crack dividing the frame in 4...


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