MOPA Visit

With my family, I visited the Museum of Photographic Arts in person.

Before entering, and upon initial arrival, I thought I would like the “Illusion: The Magic of Motion” exhibit the most, because I thought I’d be predisposed to do so since I’m a bit of a lover of movies and movie history and also because I’m aiming to be an animator. Moving pictures, I thought would be what would mainly catch my interest. I was wrong, however. The “Beginnings, Forever: From the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts — Shinnyo-en Collection” turned out to be my favorite of the available exhibits. I believe this was due to the wide array of subjects in the pictures. The theme changed often and really held my attention. Additionally, to me, this exhibit was more artistic in feeling. It didn’t seem like a scientific or historical exhibit, like the motion exhibit. I did enjoy the motion exhibit, particularly the pictures that appeared to almost be taken in slow motion and that were undoubtedly taken with a very fast shutter speed. However, to me, it just did read like another science or history exhibit.

Within “Beginnings, Forever,” admittedly, one of my favorite pictures was “Declared Detachment: Maid” by Mariya Kozhanova. This wasn’t so much due to the artistic choices made by the photographer, although I do adore the relatively simple color scheme that made the picture and its standard portrait framing feel like a classical portrait even with the unusual subject. This wound up being among my favorite of the pictures due to the subject, actually, as a maid is usually not what I expect to see pictured in a gallery. It was quite a playful and welcome surprise. One of my other favorite pictures from this exhibit and museum was “Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat” by Miyoko Ihara. Once again, I was lured in by the subject and my own personal bias since I also have a cat and the pictured woman resembles my recently passed grandma. Regardless, this picture also stood out to me due to its bright and cheerful colors, which were well complimented by the color of the wall this picture was hung on. The picture very obviously meant to be happy and show a cute and a little funny moment, and the color palette perfectly captured this. Additionally, the simpleness of the composition and angle of the camera made the shot feel more candid and allowed more focus to be on the tone and subjects of the picture.

These two pictures and artists, I think, were the most motivational to me out of all in the museum. The angles of the pictures didn’t need to be overly complex to make them interesting and engaging, the other aspects of the shots like the color palettes took center stage because of this and were massively effective.

Making a small cameo courtesy of a family member…

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