People Watching Art

β€œArt enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

~Thomas Merton


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Art, Museum, People Watching Art, Photography,

Art Watching People


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Sitting With Hockney


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Son of Man


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Grey Area


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Red Hat


β€œArt is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

~ Edgar Degas


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Face To Face


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Jump Right In


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Zen Mode


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Notice Me


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So What Do You Think?


“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…

I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

~Elliott Erwitt


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Art, Museum, People Watching Art, Photography,

Look at Me


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The Wonder of Water Lillies


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Watching JR


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  1. Absolutely love this, as an artist myself I really enjoy stepping back and watching other people observe and react to art!!

  2. Hi Jane, Awesome artwork. I really love these

  3. Reblogged this on Art in Life and commented:
    Watching Art is a form of meditation for me

  4. Art literally brought to life – enjoyed the re-viewing!

  5. A brilliant series! One of my film favorite photographs I’ve ever taken was at a Wayne White exhibit. The lighting was low, so it wasn’t in focus. But the silhouettes of the visitors against a backdrop of White’s insane genius was really special.

  6. I would also like to know what they are thinking. Actually, that could be a new piece – speech bubbles with comments about the art.

  7. Jane, so many! “People Watching Art” is one of my favorite themes of yours. The opening quote is perfect. Those red walls – what an interesting choice for the Hockney show. That’s a fantastic photo. πŸ™‚ I like the Chuck Close one a lot too, there’s a fine balance there. “Jump Right In” made me giggle (whose painting is that?). I see the connections in “Connected” and they’re brilliant. Great timing and framing! There’s something interesting about all the frowns in “Notice Me.” Great post, Jane! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Lynn, I’m so pleased you like this theme– I’ve had fun adding to it over the years. I love that you’re compelled to look more closely at the connections in each one and in this series, I think my presence as the photographer may be felt a bit more keenly as the observer. “Jump” was made at the latest Monet exhibit at the de Young– I stalked this poor women in her flowery jacket…didn’t quite get what I envisioned, but close enough. πŸ˜‰ Thank you for your thoughtful comment and enthusiastic response. Much appreciated, as always. πŸ™‚

  8. what a fabulous post!!! love all of the shots…the details…colors….just a wonderful journey!!!

  9. Interesting perspective. As for the non-photography art, some I like quite a lot, some not so much. Different strokes…

  10. Sitting with Hockney is so coolπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  11. Oh I love these, Jane, what brilliant images. Such an inspiring idea your post is about. I wouldn’t know which one is my favorite, I just love them all. Wonderful work, Jane.

  12. What a stunning series of shots!

  13. Wow, fantastic πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ˜‡

  14. Loved these Jane. Red hat and Zen both new to me, both terrific.

  15. Amazing! and your captions make me smile. (Also reminded me that E needs to have his head shaved! πŸ˜‰ )

  16. This is so beautiful πŸ’•

  17. Excellent and well observed series of photos, Jane >>> and excellent art too!!! And the Erwitt quote is fundamental, universal truth. A πŸ™‚

  18. This is marvelous, Jane. So perceptive! “Skulls on Skulls” made me laugh! Once again, a wonderful collection.

  19. Wow! What a great idea for getting fun, interesting candid people shots! Hard to choose, but my favourite has to be “So, what do you think?” Followed by “Connected” and “Son of Man”

    • Thank you, Michael. This is a favorite photography activity- very glad you like them. You’ve pointed out a few of my faves- it amazes me the humorous scenes that are right in front of our eyes. Your words are much appreciated!

  20. Your (comic) timing is excellent here! Really enjoyed this series – thanks, Jane.

  21. Love the ‘Sitting with Hockney’. Weren’t you tempted to add a bowler hat to the guy looking at the Magritte?

    • Thanks so much, Elizabeth. Hockney was one of those memorable moments of “seeing”. And yes, a bowler hat would’ve been perfect – they were selling them in the shop and people were wearing them! πŸ™‚

  22. You have such a gift for seeing great compositions, Jane. Always a pleasure to see your posts!

  23. This is a wonderful collection of images…people watching, I guess. A fine result of your work and observations, Jane. Thanks!

  24. Most amusing post! Loved the creative titles!

  25. hi jane, wonderful pictures of the art we are shown.
    greetings robert

  26. I wasn’t sure I’d find this series interesting, sorry for doubting! very cool, and very clever captions. “Notice Me” is kind of a classic commentary in two words, and “Jump Right In” is great, like Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, “Good evening, and welcome to a private showing…” and slow fade, as the visitor dissolves into the painting. I wondered if Hockney specified the type of chair and necktie for the museum guard. Well, very fun series!

    • Hi Robert, I’m happy that you were pleasantly surprised! And I love your thoughts on those images..the Hockney moment will reign as one of my favorite moments. And, I can hear Rod Serling’s voice as I type. Slow fade, and goodbye for now….thank you so much. πŸ˜„

  27. A masterful work of observation, Jane. I love the detail of the twisted strap on the lady’s purse in the ‘Grey Area’ photo.

    • Hi Allan, Thank you so much. And I return the compliment – your keen observation of that detail in her strap is impressive. I’m pleased you were compelled to take a closer look. Much appreciated. πŸ™‚

  28. Great set of images Jane….well observed

  29. I love this series, Jane. Very clever. Beautifully captured!

  30. These gave me my smile for the day. I think droll is the right adjective, also thought provoking, well done etc.

  31. An excellent series Jane. Red hat seems to be my favorite. Stella’s (I think it’s Stella) geometric work is a wonderful contrast to the person’s round hat. I also Elliot Erwitt’s quote is right on target. It fits so well into your images. I’ll do my best to keep it in mind when photographing.

  32. Wonderful captures Jane. The Hockney, the Magritte, face to face, so many of them are captivating.

  33. Cool concept, I sense the contemplation in process with many of the observers. The strong compositions, which integrate the observed artwork (e.g. Red Hat), is quite intriguing. Well done Jane!

  34. LOVE sitting with Hockney πŸ˜ƒ

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  35. Love the composition. I think the shot of the painting with a man walking in the field and the museum guest is particularly awesome.

  36. Wonderful depiction of observation.

  37. Very very nice. I like them all. The Hockney picture is of course immediately eyecatching. But I am very fond of the ‘Jump right in’ picture as well. The colours, the atmosphere, the precisely caught moment.

    • Thanks so much, Peter. I’m pleased you enjoyed the series and those in particular. I do a fair amount of “stalking” but the Hockney was just “sitting there” waiting to be photographed. One of my favorite moments of seeing. πŸ™‚

  38. Jane, I flat out love this! Art is food for the soul. It is wonderful to see all these people being well nourished. But of course, the series of photographs nourishes me too. Yum.

  39. Interesting concept and well executed. Art upon art!

  40. Great series and images Jane πŸ™‚

  41. I love the thing I’ve seen where the people admiring the art work look exactly like the one in the painting. Love this interesting take on art work!

    • HI Emily, Oh, that’s what I am always on the hunt for, but happens so rarely. I’ve come across some excellent shots of people blending into the painting- such fun. I’m happy you like this series– thanks so much.

  42. Well done, Jane. You’ve reminded me of a series done by Robert Doisneau:

  43. I like how you play with the meta level here. Excellent photos, Jane.

  44. Hi, Jane. Thanks for sharing such a great set of images. I just love the concept of the unseen photographer watching people looking. The photographer’s presence as voyeur is always felt. Have re-blogged on .Have a great day. Goff

  45. Art is a must…start them young…art gallery followed by beach..what can be better! Marvelous Series of the ‘perfect moment’

  46. This made me smile πŸ˜€

  47. πŸ™‚ Fantastic series, Jane! Great moments, connections and titles.

  48. Great post. Well done on all counts.

  49. I love the connections you have made between viewer and image. I think ‘Eavesdropper’ is my favourite! I love the quotes you add to these posts too, and the quote about both finding and losing oneself is so apt.

  50. Sitting with Hockney is a great capture. I love that shot.

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