Thursday, April 25, 2013

Photo Finish

Back from a long weekend trip to our nation's capital, and I've got inspiration on the brain!

In all of my work trips over the last eight years, and far-flung vacations, I had never made it to Washington D.C. so planning a spring trip for 2013 was heavy on my radar as I looked at the year ahead. With a few of Bob's friends living in Baltimore, we combined the trip to take advantage of seeing a play written and directed by Bob's best friend, Aldo Pantoja. If you find yourself in the Baltimore area, check out Single Carrot Theatre!
But, back to D.C. - we walked...and walked...and walked...I think my feet were ready to fly back home without me after how much we walked between the actual museum tours and just getting from place to place! 

We hit up the Capitol, took far away photos of the White House, paid respects to Bob's Navy Admiral Uncle buried at Arlington Cemetery, covered a fair share of the Smithsonian museums, made 1 too many references to the Nic Cage movie "National Treasure" at the Archives and received this disapproving look from Mr. Lincoln for not seeing the Spielberg movie yet.
One of the highlights of the trip was the Newseum. Well worth the price of admission (the Smithsonian museums we went to were all free of charge), this museum focuses on journalism and the history of world events told through "the news". Exhibits included FBI's greatest cases and how they were chronicled in the papers, unaltered portions of the Berlin Wall and a 9/11 gallery with a wall full of newspaper front pages from the day.
One of the most emotional exhibits was the Pulitzer Prize Winning Photography room. With added stories from the journalists/photographers behind the photos, some of them are striking, some of them are joyous, most of them cause a lump in your throat.

This got me thinking about photography as art in your home. Now, we are no stranger to oversized art. We are lucky enough to have 17 foot ceilings and brick walls for days. Bob's five foot tall painting hangs above the fireplace, and he has a six foot canvas ready for paint as soon as inspiration strikes him. We have photography on a smaller scale featured in our office area, four black and white prints from Bob's college days in Denver. Here's how they were displayed in our previous home on a kitchen wall:
I have a subscription to Elle Decor and always linger on the pages that have an oversized piece of photography hanging in the home like this bustling train station:
If crowd shots aren't your thing, perhaps a view into the lives of famous people? I'm assuming this is Mr. Andy Warhol capturing a model's pose above the fireplace.
A mug shot of The Doors' Jim Morrison against a mirror'd wall in a home gym/office.
Here are a couple "photography as art" clips I have pinned on my "New Home Inspiration" board over the last couple years. Something about this room speaks to me - the light fixture, the threesome of dressed up dancers, the simplicity of the rest of the room.
File this under "funny strange" or possibly "best title ever": Dali with Bride & Ocelot. Can't you just picture this five feet tall, begging to be talked about at a party?
These beg the question, do they have to be in black and white to work in the home? I haven't been able to find much in the way of oversized full color photography in my (less than extensive) Google search. Weigh in on if you think color is "too much" or if we are over-doing the b&w in the art world.

It must be a careful decision to feature large scale photography as such a statement piece, but perhaps one worth exploring! Should we try it out?

Fun Fact: of the photos above, 1 is from the (semi-)home of Semi-Homemade star Sandra Lee and 1 is from the home of Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo. Try and guess which before clicking on the source links!

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