The South Stairs leading up from the entrance
As you might have seen in one of my latest posts, I decided to spend my birthday this year in my favourite bookshops and at the British Museum. That’s my new thing now, photographing museums. While I spend most of last year trying to freeze fleeting everyday moments with my film camera, my new obsession this year has been to not only wander through museum galleries but to photograph them as well.
If you had asked me a few years ago if I liked the British Museum I would have said that I liked it as much as the next person. If you had asked me if I was interested in history, I would probably have given the same answer. As much as I would like to claim to be an independently minded woman, it has taken my boyfriend’s interest in history to realise how interesting both can be and it’s become a place we visit together.
Even though they always tend to be overcrowded, my favourite rooms are the galleries with the Greek sculptures. Daniel on the other hand tends to seek out the Middle Eastern galleries, particularly the ones with the huge Assyrian gates, Lamassu and friezes. Because the weather was unseasonably bad the day we went, it wasn’t as busy as normal and it was nice to be able to walk around more freely.
Assyrian wall reliefs of a lion hunt
The Thinker by Rodin moved into one of the permanent galleries
for the opening of the Rodin Exhibition
Roman mosaics on the wall by the West Stairs
As you might be able to tell from my photographs, I am as interested in the little details of the rooms and the building as I am in the objects themselves. If I was a little braver I would try to take photographs of people in museums but I’m always afraid I might disturb or offend someone if I do and I have never really been good at taking photos of people anyway. Daniel lets me take his on rare occasions like this one but most of the time I try to avoid people in my photos and museums are usually such beautiful buildings on their own, even without any of the artworks or interesting people in them.
The West Stairs
*These photos were all taken with my Ricoh KR5 with a 50mm lens and HP5 35mm film set at boxspeed.