The Gallery.. A Study of a Study.


Testing out a new lens this week at the V&A Museum in London and found the holy grail of lighting via these big windows overlooking a courtyard. I have been talking to a trans-Atlantic friend about the subject of candid photography like this (Hi, J.H!) and how acceptable it is to make photos in public with unaware subjects. These are all shot from about 5 metres away with a short telephoto prime lens. What do you think about this? Is it ok… or is it intrusive? I’m not sure if I’m honest.










5 thoughts on “The Gallery.. A Study of a Study.

  1. To be honest I’m not sure either!. I very much like these images, and museums and art galleries provide good photo opportunities, with good lighting and interesting backdrops. Personally I always feel a little uncomfortable taking photographs in these situations but that might simply be a lack of confidence on my part or fear of some over zealous guide confiscating my camera!

  2. These are terrific pictures. I think it’s all in the intention. Your own state of mind, and whether you are looking with respect, with genuine interest and not self-interest, so you’re not exploiting. I know this may sound odd, but I really do think state of mind is detectable both in the photograph and mostly – if you are observed – to the subject. (Though in fact I feel very timid about taking shots this way, and much more comfortable sketching).

  3. Sometimes, the human condition needs to be recorded. Although billions of photos are taken, some locations like this are not recorded….everyday life.
    As photographers, it’s our duty to make a record……..but we still feel a little uncomfortable, don’t we.

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