The Art of Observation

May 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I haven't been to the Philadelphia Museum of Art since I was a kid. I could have spent days in there, there is such beautiful art and history there. I only got through a small portion of the museum on this trip, but I'll be back.

 

Study other art forms helps a lot with my photography work. You have to study the path that other great artist have taken before you so that you can have an idea of where to walk. Yes, every artist should blaze their own way in life and create their own artistic voice, but study art history gives you a foundation and appreciation for the craft of art itself. The history of art helps you respect the craft and not take it lightly, art is something to be cherished and not abused.

 

Thanks Jaleel King for showing me the setting to silence the shutter on my Sony RX-100 IV camera. Doing street photography requires a degree of stealthiness and some social skills with interacting with strangers. Most times if I approach a stranger for a photograph I'll say hello. Saying hello diffuses strangers. Most people are afraid of me because I'm a dark skinned African American male and I'm 6' 2" tall. I'm always surprised at what people think of me just based off of my physical appearance without knowing anything about me. I enjoy photographing people and sharing their stories through pictures.

 

This piece at the museum really caught my eye, I was impressed by it. One of my goals was to try to capture photographs of people observing art. This gentleman never knew I was behind him thanks to my silent Sony RX-100 IV camera. With my stature it is challenging to not be noticed by others, but I try my best which is part of the fun of photographing people.   Photograph taken with the Sony RX-100M4 camera.

 

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