The regular visitors among you may realise that recently I visited the British Museum with my E-PL5. While there (and I did only have about 30-40 minutes last time) I decided I wanted to come back and (naturally enough) look at more of the exhibits, but also to spend more time capturing the people visiting and their interactions with those exhibits.
Controversy surrounds certain exhibits, but I wasn’t really there to look at the Elgin Marbles (et al) again. This was a visit to look at, well, other stuff…
The staircase and the sculptures on it are such strong features I wanted to make sure I picked them up this time around. I particularly like the lions.
The rather fantastic covered great court is a wondrous place. People are bowled over by the exhibits, the space, the light and the glimpses of the other galleries.
This is the former library of King George III, now converted into an permanent exhibition of the enlightenment.
It’s almost impossible to visit without finding yourself drawn to the Egyptian exhibition. I think that most of the exhibit is amazing, except for the Rosetta stone. Why oh why is it sealed up in a glass box right in the middle as you walk in? It ends up being like the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, a bit of a rugby scrum.
Middle East and Asia
Had to spend some time in here. It’s not a geographical area or historical periods (Assyria, Babylon etc) I know lots about, but that’s why I wanted to see it and learn about the sculpture and art of the area which, after all, is the true cradle of civilisation.
Anglo Saxon helmet
We’ve visited Sutton Hoo in the past but I was struck by the beauty of this modern reconstruction of an Anglo Saxon Helmet based on the remains of one dug up at that site. Unfortunately the original helmet remains were badly obscured by reflections of lights so I cannot show them here.
Taken with my Leica M9, Summilux 50 + 35 and my Zeiss 18mm.