Monday, September 12, 2016

Good, Random...


Anytime you find yourself at a museum, especially a modern art museum in downtown LA, it's good, random fun everywhere you look. I continue my day-cations when I can as the school year is well under way, but The Mr. surprised me with a new lens that was on my short list...and what better place to play with a wide angle lens then a museum with lights!

It was high time to visit LACMA and these gorgeous restored Urban Lights. 
I left plenty early and was well rewarded! 

What are the odds, to be that one person in a city of millions that gets to play at such an iconic place all by yourself?

Oh and the lens did not disappoint!

I heard children playing here call it spaghetti but it's really  Jesús Rafael Soto's "Penetrable." It is described as kinetic and op art and is nothing more than 1000's of yellow tubes hanging from metal bars. It's really popular with the kids especially when most art is "hand off" and this is totally interactive.

The La Brea Tar Pits with its bubbly pitch are right next door to LACMA.  Fossils are still being excavated from Pit 91. 
You can walk around the park and watch methane gas escape and make its own "art!" 

I draw the line when "art" becomes...well...a 340 ton boulder that took 11 days for the 105 mile journey to it's final resting place...but does all this make it art? 
Michael Heizer and his "Levitated Mass" thought otherwise and it is a permanent piece for sure. 

I will say it is peculiar standing under something so behemoth knowing full well it's weight and size. 
I had another thought as I happily snapped away. Personally, I love being someplace historic and talking photos where there are as few people as possible~even though people can give the pulse and vibe to a setting. People distract me, from the view. Maybe it's a control thing. I know there are way more times than not when people and their energy are an absolute must in a shot. It's something I think I'll work on and get more creative in shooting.
I'd love to hear your thoughts about people vs. no people in a shot.

Happy Snapping!

I'm sharing over at Tamar's today

And Lisa's


  1. Those lights!! AH! I'm hopping the next flight to LA (:

  2. People are no people - yes quite the question. I want to say no people but my heart knows that people add so much to the story. I just try to balance it. But I love negative space and structures.

  3. Love the lights!! All your shots are great and with no people you really get to see the lines and structure of the art. The art is the subject. If there were people in the image, there would be a whole different feel to the photograph, more of a story about the people interacting with the art than the art itself. Either way can make a good image, it is just up to the photographer which image she chooses to take. Me? I usually yell "Stop!" to my family and try to get a picture without people before I take a picture with them in it. I use to feel bad about this until I saw another photographer tell his wife to move so she wasn't in his picture. :)

    1. Lol...that's funny Michelle. I like posing (no pun intended) these questions and getting feedback. It can't just be me who wonders about these things! Xo

    2. And thank you for the photo love!

  4. Spectacular to say the least. Eye candy galore. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. High time indeed. Those bottom up shots are fantabulous!

  6. These are great! I had to chuckle at the spaghetti art.

    I prefer not to shoot people. But when I do, I try to make sure they're unidentifiable. Although, there was this time I took a picture of this guy's two little pups as they were walking away from me, and posted it on Instagram because whenever I'd see them I knew Spring was just around the corner. His wife saw me and said her husband felt like a celebrity for the day because his granddaughter and a few of their family friends saw the picture and sent it to him. I had no clue who these people were, much less that they would see something I posted on Instagram. They loved it and the wife and I became friends as a result. LOL

  7. Such an interesting museum ... great pictures, Kelly !
    I prefer no people in a shot ...
    I once saw a pretty tea room front with a nice window display, but people were standing in front of it.
    I started taking photos ... they noticed and moved on :-)
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  8. Kelly- I absolutely love all the sky shots. They would make a great abstract art collection.

    I used to prefer no people in my sots but over time I really began to embrace the vibe they gave to my travel shots and now I hunt down scenes with people in them. I do not just take any shot though, it has to tell a story.

    Lisa @ LTTL

  9. Oh fun is that??? Great shots. Aloha Kelly!

  10. Hi kelly,
    Oh I'm taken by your images ... The perspectives, the depht and lines ... and the giant rock creating heaviness and sort of a treathening feeling. I didn't notice that there weren't any people in these shots, until I read your lines in the end.
    Sometimes it does ass up to have someone in the frame - well not as a measuring stick but to underline the massively of the nature ... or when telling a story ... Both ways work for me - depending the situation at hand / mood / purpose and so on :)

  11. Wow, Kelly! I haven't been around and then tonight... early, early a.m. really... I stopped by on a whim and wow! I saw these fantastic images. They're beautiful. They belong in a coffee table book. Seriously. I've been missing my West Coast friend.


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