For my 100th View, I went to the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, to see the Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection from the National Museum of Wales. This collection featured works from Turner, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Cezzane. Photography was not permitted for the Davies Collection. However, if you enjoy photography and are looking to improve, I encourage you to study artists who work in different mediums from canvas to stone. How they used color, composition and, yes, even light, will help you when looking through the viewfinder or LCD.
The Everson does allow photography for their permanent collection which includes a large collection of ceramics from pre-Columbian to today. I found these works fascinating and historic. The Onondaga Pottery Company which you may know as Syracuse China had several pieces in the collection. Including this casserole dish, a very colorful and ornate piece of dinnerware.
Later I found this bust of Charles Lindberg done in porcelain by modeler Bertram L. Wakin working for the Onondaga Pottery Company (Syracuse China) in 1927. An historic figure captured in a fragile and beautiful medium.
I had a good laugh at this next piece. Done by Canadian artist, Wayne B. McClean, titled The Statue of Man’s Liberty to Do It Yourself. It’s good to be able to laugh at ourselves and to see it depicted in such fine a place as the Everson Museum.
To my fellow Do It Yourselfers, this one’s for you, guys!
Photographing in a museum is challenging. The rules at the Everson allow it only if no flash or tripods are used. With that in mind, I took my Nifty-Fifty, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens, and set my base ISO at 640. You have to watch out for how the pieces on exhibit are lighted. Some were under incandescent while others were under fluorescent lighting and I had to change my camera’s white balance accordingly.