Lyon was my favorite French city we visited. I would love to go back.
The city is beautiful—w/ the river Rhône running right through it—and it’s got truly lovely parks and amazing food.
There were a bunch of shops near where we stayed that seemed like DIY craft spaces / teaching halls. This one (pictured below) is for making your own beer. We also saw ones for pottery, clothes making, and painting.
It made me think a bit about the value of having places for artists, and how challenging this is to maintain when a city gets really expensive, and how sad it is when that fails (see, e.g., Seattle for all of the above).
I have no reason to believe that Lyon has solved this issue. But seeing how many places there were for newbies to take classes made me wonder about that as a model for providing income and studio space for practitioners.
A tiny bit about taking pictures.
I have no photography training (as I am sure you can easily tell from looking at this blog), so I sometimes feel like I’m slowly learning by doing everything wrong.
E.g., I noticed that all of my photos of this big Lyon park (Parc de la Tête d’Or) look… I don’t know, somehow off. Like the lighting is bad. Which is weird, because the sun was extremely bright, and there was like no cloud cover. I think I had a similar problem in Crete.
My recent thought: I wonder if direct overhead lighting is bad? It’s like, “too harsh,” or something like that? Maybe it’s good to have shadowed areas that are more horizontal than vertical?
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I have two modes in museums:
- Not photographing anything. Looking down at people who take photographs. “Just enjoy the art!” I think to myself. How foolish they are.
- Photographing a bunch of stuff. “I want to remember, to be inspired later!” I think.
It’s really impressive how bad the photos always are. In fact, they rarely even remind me what was so good about a piece.
To me, it’s quite surprising that this is the case. You’d think, an image is an image, right? The scale and texture and physicality really matters, though, I think. Not to mention the whole designated space / mood for looking at them. Plus the context of an exhibition.
Anyway here’s a few I took and some light commentary.
So anyway I will resume omitting museum / art gallery photos now.