When it comes to photography and museums I typically find myself more interested in the visitors than the actual exhibition. It’s a bit exaggerated I admit, however, from a photographic standpoint there is nothing less interesting than photographing other people’s artwork. So even at the Getty I found myself taking more pictures of people than art.
As I mentioned in my previous post the architecture of The Getty is at least as interesting as the exhibitions themselves. Just strolling through the vast gardens and terraces was a pleasure on its own.
No one can visit LA without seeing the Getty Center up on a hill in the Northwest of LA. Admittance to the museum itself is free, only if you arrive by car you pay for parking which is really fair. The architecture is stunning and has served as a futuristic backdrop for many movies. One of the latest was “Star Trek Into Darkness” where it featured Starfleet Headquarters.
I spent almost five hours there, and still wasn’t even remotely able to see everything. The site is huge and has a wide variety of contemporary and classic exhibitions on display. Because of that overwhelming breadth of exhibitions I decided to get on a guided tour which took about two hours and gave a great overview. I then digged a bit deeper in some of the exhibitions on my own which proved to be quite a good compromise.
I particularly enjoyed the tour through the Robert Mapplethorpe special exhibition. I think it’s save to say that he is one of my favorite photographers. Extremely controversial yet blessed with an incredibly strong sense for how pictures can trigger the viewer’s senses – from a content perspective but also lighting and composition.
Over the next days I will be posting more pictures of The Getty Center. So make sure you check back regularly (or subscribe).
Next stop: Los Angeles. Fortunately a friend of mine lives in LA. So I got a plethora of great tips what to see and where to go. If I had done everything he recommended I would probably still be there.
On my first day in LA I arrived only in the afternoon, so there wasn’t too much time left in daylight. One of the things I was able to check off my list though was the “Le Brea Tar Pits” – basically a hole filled with natural asphalt and an exhibition with fossils of primal lifeforms like mammoths and saber-toothed cats (German: Säbelzahntiger) attached to it. Directly adjacent to the pits is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). I didn’t go into the museum itself, but I thought the architecture was fascinating. If you have more time to spend in LA it’s probably worth doing a tour in the actual museum though.
“Klangteppich” is a local band from Dresden which happened to have a gig at the same TV show where writer Willi Hetze was interviewed. So I took the occasion and tried capturing some of their performance as well. It’s a pity that I couldn’t capture the music though :).
All pictures taken with a Leica M Monochrom | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 or Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH.