Friday afternoon (leaving work) photos

The Grohmann Museum was quiet on the second floor when I left work at MSOE this afternoon. I pressed the button to call the elevator but then, immediately after, decided to step away and take a picture of the stair rails because I liked how the light was shining on them.

Then I had to call the elevator again because it had come and gone while I was taking the photo. While I was waiting for the next go round, I noticed the interesting shadows cast by the late-afternoon sun on the small Frederick Remington sculpture right across from the elevator. So out came my phone again.

But it was so hard to get the details of the cowboy’s face to show up in those shadows. Plus, I was too far away to frame the image on my screen in a way that matched the way I was seeing it in real life. So I moved closer, then back again in order to get the right perspective, but having to zoom in a little with the lens to compensate.

Behind me the elevator doors opened and closed. A little more fiddling around with my phone till I finally felt set with my picture and called the elevator one last time. Another week in the books.

When I got home I took a closer look at my pictures and started fooling around with them. Brightened up the one with the stair rail. Cropped the Remington cowboy. His shadowed features still weren’t very clear, so I tried enlarging the picture.

Cool. Up close the photo looked like a painting to me. I liked that El Greco look in the folds of fabric and the planes of the cowboy’s face. What if I magnified it even more?

A little weird, and starting to be unrecognizable. Even better😄

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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3 Responses to Friday afternoon (leaving work) photos

  1. Rose says:

    Good try 😉 I’m a believer that your eyes view art work differently than what the camera captures.
    Same holds true when artists draw & paint from life vs from a photo. Just saying from experience but I still use my camera. LOL!

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