Lens-Artists Challenge – Focusing on the Details

When it comes to noticing details, I’m a bit of a strange case. At work, I can spot if there is something in the wrong place at quite a distance, but I’m also capable of not seeing the obvious changes on a display, for instance. When it comes to photography, I would like to think I have a sharp eye but it has happen quite a few times only noticing the finer details while editing.

When we’d travel, looking up or down allowed to see so many little details that otherwise would go amiss, like John Knox’s house in Edinburgh or the beautiful railing at the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

But it’s in Museums when all my attention goes to the details. I love taking photos of all the small things that caught my eye. This is the National Coach Museum in Lisbon, one of the biggest collection of the type in the world, with carriages dating back to the late 16th Century. At a time where things were made to last and to be as beautiful as functional, the amount of details is amazing.

Now, the Edo-Tokyo Museum takes minute details to a different level, and I don’t think I’ve ever spent so long, or taken so many photos, in a museum like I did then.

The models are so brilliantly done, such a insightful glimpse into a way of life, it felt the only way to truly respect the work and care put into this exhibits was to explore all the little scenes, all details from patterns on the kimonos, to the facial expressions.

Posted for Patti’s Lens-Artists Challenge

23 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge – Focusing on the Details

  1. Hi, Sofia. I’m so glad you included the coach museum in Lisbon! I went there a few years ago and was stunned by the lavishness of the coaches. A great choice. And your shots of the Japanese museum are intriguing. The miniatures look amazing. Great details!

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    1. Thank you, Tina. Where you there in the new building or the old one? The old one had its on magic, although you couldn’t see them as well.

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  2. Amazing details! The idea of capturing details in a museum is a good one. I always feel reluctant to photograph in exhibitions, because so many of them forbid cameras. These are incredible. If I ever go to any of these museums, I will enjoy it to the fullest!

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    1. Thank you, Ann-Christine! I always ask first and things are changing as more and more museums allow taking photos (but with no flash). One of my pet hates is when people are told not to take photos and they do it anyway, possibly damaging the artifacts.


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