Virginia Museum of Fine Arts today. It is amazing. I really appreciate his work and his policy allowing educational and non-commercial photography of his work. Please enjoy this mini-tour as captured by my camera. The pictures show the colors and some of the glory of the work but they are no substitute for seeing them in person. The descriptions are from the text presented with each display at the VMFA. I hope my photos inspire you to make the trip to Richmond to experience it in person. Better hurry through the show ends February 10, 2013.
All the photographs were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II with either a 35mm prime lens or a 100mm macro lens.
This installation includes two of Chihuly’s wooden rowboats, one
filled with Fiori elements and another with Niijima Floats. The Fiori
Boat features various garden glass shapes and forms inspired by
Chihuly’s love of gardens and conservatories. Niijima Floats were
inspired by the artist’s trip to the Japanese island of Niijima and
by childhood memories of discovering Japanese fishing net floats
along the beaches of Puget Sound. Chihuly first filled boats with his
glass pieces in Nuutajärvi, Finland, during the Chihuly Over Venice
project in June 1995. Wondering if the glass would float, Chihuly
began tossing works into the river and let them float downstream.
Local teenagers in small, wooden rowboats gathered them up.
Chihuly began the Persians series in 1986 while experimenting with
new forms. Originally, he displayed Persians in pedestal compositions,
often with smaller shapes nested in larger pieces. The first
Persian Ceiling was presented in his 1992 exhibition at the Seattle
Art Museum. Lit from above and resting on a flat glass pane, the
elements of the Persian Ceiling come together to provide an immersive
experience in color and shape. There are over a thousand Persian
pieces in this installation.
Chihuly chose the name for this series after asking his friend, artist
Italo Scanga, for the Italian word for “spotted” or “stained.” Initially
quite small, the Macchia grew in size and, like earlier works,
were amassed into groupings or “families.” The Macchia here are
installed together on pedestals in a group called a Macchia Forest.
Installations of Reeds, or Spears as they were first named, began
when Chihuly was working in Finland in 1995. The first time Chihuly
combined Reeds and logs was for an installation at the Marlborough
Gallery in New York. Since then, he has continued to create these
works in various colors, installing the series both outdoors and
Monday, January 21, 2013
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
As summer winds down the watermelons are still coming in strong. Watermelons are believed to have originated in southern Africa but evidence shows they were cultivated in China as early as the 10th century. Today China is the world's single largest watermelon producer. A watermelon contains about 6% sugar and 92% water by weight and is a good source of vitamin C. Canon T2i, 1/200 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 400, 40mm prime "pancake" lens.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
The Downtown Tunnel links Norfolk and Portsmouth Virginia. This is the westbound tunnel, the first of two two-lane tunnels, it opened in 1952. The two-lane Downtown Tunnel replaced an automobile ferry system and in conjunction with the Berkley Bridge, was the first fixed crossing directly between Portsmouth and Norfolk across the Elizabeth River. Today's bridge and two tunnel system carries more than three million vehicles a month. Nowhere else in Virginia can you cross a drawbridge and then directly enter a tunnel. This tunnel had it's ceiling removed last year, revealing the full curved height of the tube. Canon 5D Mark II, 1/125 sec @ f/4.0, ISO 1600, 85mm prime lens.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Inside the new chapel at Norfolk's Freemason Street Baptist Church is this stained glass window featuring Gabriel's Horn in the center. The bright gold horn is also found atop the church's steeple which was the tallest point in the City in the later half of the 19th century. Gabriel's Horn refers to the tradition identifying the Archangel Gabriel as the angel who blows the horn to announce Judgment Day. Canon 5D Mark II, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 400, 50mm prime lens.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
- It has been said one of the reasons Andy Warhol painted soup cans was that he liked soup. Well, I like soup too and I can't paint but I can light and photograph my favorite Campbell's soup. Canon 7D, 1/250 sec @ f/11.0, ISO 100, 50mm prime lens, 4 flashes, 1 LED Litepanel for a little fill at the bottom edge and a white light shed.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Two Cut Sunflowers". Canon 40D, 1/1600 sec @ f/3.2, ISO 800, 50mm prime lens, overhead halogen spot supplemented by an LED Litepanel.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
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