In my last visit to the Nelson Atkins Museum, my cousin and I went to see a Chinese jade burial suit that was on display in a temporary exhibition. I took the opportunity to practice some photography using my favorite sculptures as subjects, and it was a fun challenge to circle the sculptures and find angles that spoke to me. Increasingly, I find myself falling in love with the process of taking photos and editing each one afterwards. I feel that in this process I get a continual satisfaction with having made a piece of art that expresses something substantive.
Out of all of the photos, I like this one the most because it looks as though the woman is nonchalantly gazing down into the camera.
The subject of this portrait is actually my favorite sculpture in the museum, a supposed bust of Antinous. If you haven’t read the story of Antinous, I suggest that you take a Google break and do so now. It has a mysterious ending, one of both intrigue and passion. The sculptures in this portion of the museum have bright lights shining down from above, giving them a more dramatic look in photos.
This is going to be a shorter post than I anticipated, because upon looking back I realized that I am not fully happy with the final results in some of the photos, and the perfectionist in me is unable to share photos that I feel have significant flaws. I still have skill sets that could use vast improvement, notably taking photos in areas of low light. Despite that, I am pleased to have been able to have a productive portrait session with my fav sculpture friends, and I know that looking back at them will always give me a smile.