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.
I'm sharing over at Tamar's today
And here...at Lisa's