Grayer Shade of White

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, USA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, USA

Patterns, shapes, shadows, white, and the sky.

And the sun.

Everything in this photograph is white, except for the glimpse of sky and the sun filtered through the skylight. All of the surfaces inside this building are reflecting all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum equally. That is, everything has white paint on it.  The brightness or whiteness is controlled by the amount of sun that falls on the surface, and our viewing angle.

Even though this is a pure ‘white’ surface, the shades range from almost pure black to bright white. Or, at least as white as the paint is.

I am starting to enjoy the buildings that house art displays almost as much as the art itself. This photograph is the view looking straight up through the skylight of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. There is an elevated walkway on the right.

I have a very limited knowledge of art museum architecture. But it has caught my interest. I think of the stairs inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art (not the outside stairs of Rocky fame); the escalators and clock of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris; the view across the pond of the metalic tree sculptures at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; the polished redwood columns of the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, California (local plug); the entire Louvre; and on and on. I haven’t seen many of the famous art museums. But they are something to look forward to.  Photo: 1/2000 s at f/6.




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