Paris (France). Walking around a museum for me does not mean only watching an exhibition: I always bring my camera with me, and I like to shoot photos of people. In a certain sense, I like to see the artworkts through their eyes.
I remember – long time ago – when I was visiting a museum I used to capture images of paintings and sculptures: at the end, in terms of photographic experience, it was a nonsense. Why should I take a photo of La Gioconda at the Louvre museum? Most probably it will not be perfectly straight, there will be someone between the painting and my camera, and the final result will be affected by the reflection of the light against the protective glass. And the same is valid for basically every museum or exhibition around the world.
So, what should I do in a museum with a camera? The answer – as said – is simple: I see art through people’s eyes. In this perspective, the merge (or the overlap) of a masterpiece with the emotion it creates on those watching it, is far beyond the simply beauty. There’s an emotion, an experience, something that – for this simple reason – becomes unique and exclusive.
And, last but not last, photographing art in a crowded museum is frustrating, whereas photographing people is always exciting.
For this photo I used my new travel companion, which performs amazingly in low light conditions…