Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The National Gallery of Art's East Wing

One of the most well-known examples of contemporary architecture in Washington, DC -- as if there are hundreds -- is I. M. Pei's extremely linear addition to the National Gallery of Art. Opened in 1978, the East Building is home to a modern collection much in keeping with its overall design.

While many pictures are taken of the exterior, perhaps the most photographed element of the building lies on the interior. The staircase and escalator running through the mezzanine of the atrium space -- a massive concrete structure seemingly dug into one of the museum's walls -- has been shot so many times that there even exists a Flickr group specifically devoted to its existence.

Most pictures, as you can see here and here, capture the view of the stairs most people see while walking through the space (similar to my first shot below). While visiting the museum last weekend, however, I thought "hey... why not rotate the camera so that the shot is oriented parallel to the escalator itself?"

So what do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Let me know in the comments.


Tracy Clayton March 18, 2009 at 11:50 PM  

i dig it. definitely offers a different perspective.

T and S March 19, 2009 at 4:10 AM  

Spectacular composition shows the mammoth size of this architecture. Lovely

Kiji March 23, 2009 at 6:38 AM  

Well framed photo;

Very interesting and beautiful photoblog! It’s a great job.
I voted for your blog for 2009 photoblog awards because I love it very much! Good luck ;)