"What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce." Karl Lagerfeld
Museums and I have a love/hate relationship. I love seeing the creativity of artists from different times and walks of life. I hate feeling compelled to see every piece of art and read every description.
Today my roommate and I visited the Columbus Museum of Art. On a normal museum trip I would make a plan of attack and then systematically work my way through the art till I had seen every piece and read every description, taking mental notes and learning as much as I could. But today was not that kinda of museum trip day. For the first time ever I just wandered. No plan. No order. And to my surprise it was liberating. We walked into a gallery with screens, mirrors and projectors; it was mesmerizing watching the colors and light reflect and dance across the room.
And instead of reading the descriptions we took selfies. When we walked out of the gallery I had a quick feeling of panic; I didn't know the artist, I didn't know the title of the work. But tonight when I sat down and looked at the pictures I didn't care about the artist or the title; all that mattered was that I had a great time with my roommate. We don't get to have adventures super often, so this time was special.
In 10 years I would rather be able to look back at the pictures we took of ourselves than recognize the installation in a book. So I plan on taking more selfies with my friends, and reading less art work descriptions.