Fifth Floor, Impressionists

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Escalators and Stairs, Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Escalators and Stairs, Musée d'Orsay, Paris

It is easy to get lost, or at least disoriented, in large art museums.

At one end of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris there are five stories. When we were last there, the impressionist paintings were on the fifth floor. But they had been moved since we visited previously. We had spent some time wandering and marveling at the current exhibited works, but had started to wonder if the main collection of impressionists had been temporarily transferred to another museum or placed in storage. We finally found them though. The collection is amazing!

The museum itself is impressive. After I feasted on the paintings I took time to look at the building interior. I found this interesting collection of lines, shapes, and colors. I stood at the railing looking down into the stairwell and the escaltors for about an hour. I tried different compositions and exposures. It took longer to finish all the combinations I wanted, because each time someone used the escalator I had to wait for them to pass. I didn’t want any people in the photograph. I wanted only shapes and colors.

Many people passed by while I was standing there. I am sure they wondered why anyone would spend time taking a photograph inside a museum. Well, this photograph is why. Photo:  1/25 s at f/4.5

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