NGV photography update

20 05 2009

In recent posts about the jewellery collection, and the exquisite ‘Dressed to Rule: Imperial Robes of China‘ exhibition, I mentioned that I wasn’t too clear on the photography policy of the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria).

Well, I popped in again (13th May) and asked someone at the desk, who was quite clear that photography is allowed in most of the gallery, but strictly no flash. I asked if there would be obvious signs where I couldn’t take photographs, and he said that the guards would certainly stop me if it was restricted. Further, I clarified that I could indeed take photographs in the special exhibition – which amazed me!

So, I wandered around to the jewellery exhibit and photographed it – for details of the work, refer to my previous post:

photograph taken with permission

photograph taken with permission

photograph taken with permission

photograph taken with permission

And I wandered back to the textile exhibition and took a few photographs – for more details see my previous post on this beautiful work; but the sad news is that the very low lighting in this gallery, combined with no flash, meant that the images are a little blurry:

photograph taken with permission

photograph taken with permission

photograph taken with permission

photograph taken with permission

But I came to realise that just taking photographs was a less satisfying experience than sitting with the object in the moment, and appreciating it personally. I didn’t connect with the objects in the same way I do when I take the time to study and sketch them; assuming that this experience would only live in my memory, and not that of my camera, means I pay so much more attention. So perhaps future stories about the jewellery collection may still be sketched, even if only for my own satisfaction!


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