Tanglewood Tales revisited

by Stefan Fletcher March. 31, 2013 3020 views

Curators must take a special course at museum school: “Lighting effects 101: how to screw over amateur photographers to increase postcard sales revenue”. I've never been to a museum that didn't make me want to take pot shots at the harsh overhead lighting - and I've been to a few.

As we're celebrating a great pagan festival this weekend, the consumption of the chocolate egg god, I thought I'd pay a visit to my favourite museum, the musée d'Arles antique, and mess around with 3-D effects in black and white.

A grateful G. Julius Caesar (he of Ides of March fame) founded Arles as a direct Roman colony with veterans who remained loyal to him during the civil war (its citizens were Romans, not foederati), which may go some way to explain the quality and quantity of what they carved and purchased.

All these taken with a manual focus tilt-shift lens (ha!).

Musée d'Arles antique

It's a bust

Gaius Julius Caesar's great-great-great nephew (great-grandson by adoption), also called Gaius. Poisoned by Livia. I edited the wrong image, so ignore and take at look at the last one in the series.


Can-can girls

Psst… Phaedra's sleeping with Hippolytus. Pass it on.

More from the Phaedra and Hippolytus sarcophagus, mid-second century CE. Marble, probably from Attica.

The whole thing. The sarcophagus relates the story of Theseus' son, Hippolytus, and Phaedra. Theseus is the central nude. The holes were made by medieval grave robbers. At least they didn't destroy the whole thing.

Thanks to my friend Stéphane (who pointed out that No. 3 was lacking in contrast and OOF), I added this one, which is the raw file I should have used). I hope I've kept the 3-D effect and something of what must have made Gaius Caesar a very handsome young man.

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Helen Hooker 7 years, 9 months ago

Despite the adverse lighting you did a great job. In my experience car and aircraft museums take the biscuit for bad lighting - usually just very dim!

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Gillian Parsons 7 years, 9 months ago

Great series you obviously have got one over on this Curator.

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Zaranglo 7 years, 9 months ago

Great perspective in the first. Wow, these are good!

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Antonio Gil 7 years, 9 months ago

I like the post, especially the can-can girls and the way you've dealt with that light. Ave Stefan.

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Felecia Eby 7 years, 9 months ago

I'd say you foiled their attempts to thwart you Stefan!

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Jarvo J 7 years, 9 months ago

Nice contrasts. I especially like the self-portrait.

I agree about museums. So frustrating. It's like they don't want anyone to see their collection who doesn't come in person. I wouldn't mind so much if you could actually buy a decent postcard, but in many of the museums/galleries that I visit they've often only got some curled-up poor quality out of date picture of the least interesting thing in their store room.

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Kenny H 7 years, 9 months ago

Love these black and whites....

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Marilyn Grimble 7 years, 9 months ago

I enjoyed your post re-forum.
So you have problems with curators ... I was apprehended at my birdpark yesterday by a member of staff for poking my camera through the wiring!
I am always apprehended in museums, I've given up!
This post is a pleasure ...

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Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 7 years, 9 months ago

That first word was to be All... haha

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Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 7 years, 9 months ago

Aöö great work in B/W but I must say I found nr 7 outstanding. You had great success with the 3D effect in that one.
It really pops out
As for the chocolate God he must missed my house
Maybe he found me perfect with my curves and no need for more!

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