Telling a Story: A Documentarian Eye

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Senior Conservator Elsa Sangouard and Archaeological Conservators Laurie King and Lesley Haines screen concretion removed from USS Monitor artifacts.

A man of many hats

I did not expect how many photography styles I would have to be familiar with as a museum photographer. I might have on my technical photographer hat; focused on meeting set standards to ensure precision reproduction is possible. A little later on, I might become a still-life photographer and carefully craft lighting to create a beautiful image of an artifact. That afternoon, I might have to be a documentarian and follow staff members that are doing interesting work. 

If you’re familiar with my photography, you will probably know that I am typically the happiest when I’m in the studio working with lighting to create images that make our artifacts look beautiful. What can I say? I’m a bit of a control freak, and the level of control I get to exert in the studio is comforting to me. That said, every once in a while, it’s good to step out into the wide world outside my studio doors and take photos with less control.    Read more

Art Reproductions Can Add Color To Your Home

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Perhaps the most common item used as home decor is the framed painting. In my previous post, I shared a small range of The Mariners’ Museum and Park collection that is available for reproduction and display in the home. When choosing an art reproduction, the choice of subject matter and color can determine the visual impression and mood your room will provide. Let’s see how some living spaces look when the color of the chosen art is an essential factor.

What Bold Color Can Do

Paintings can make a dramatic impact, such as in this Thomas C. Skinner painting displayed in this cafe bar. The light, flooding the room from the windows, is matched in the ochre tones of the art and the leather sofa. Note how the colors in the artwork play off the yellow of the couch and how the scale of the picture works in this space without being overwhelming. This scene is a good pairing of art with location; however, you could easily imagine this same piece mounted over a roaring fireplace in a wood-paneled library. In that instance, it would have a completely different feel.    Read more

Using Art Reproductions to Create a Home

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Vessel rushing through the water against a pink and yellow sky.
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Do you love bold home decor? How about oversized works of art because they can draw focus in your room? Maybe you found they are an excellent way to showcase your personality. Perhaps, you have always wanted to have a gallery wall along your hallway or traveling up the walls of your staircase. Then you know that the choice of artwork placed there should be specific and well planned.

The Dilemma

Making a home sometimes starts in college. I remember my first week on campus; vendors were selling 20” x 30” movie and music posters to help students inject some needed personality into their cookie cutter dorm rooms. For others, it may happen when you decorate your first apartment. You may have purchased your first “art” from Ikea because they sold affordable large-scale art reproductions and inexpensive frames. However, your friends in the same financial situation purchased their framed art from there too. So now your living rooms match because there were not enough unique designs available at the Big Blue box store for everyone.   Read more