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LACMA - Shoot a little. Think a lot.

  • Jul 18, 2013 · 9:30 AM


The intent of this meet-up will be a little different than the usual, go-out-and-photograph-everything-in-sight, type of affair. After we initially meet, we will explore and photograph the surrounding architecture and grounds. The buildings are great subjects including the new Renzo Piano designed galleries, Bruce Goff’s Japanese Pavilion and the established older gallery buildings (that critic Robert Hughes described as “Neo Nazi”). And of course there is always the La Brea Tar Pits.

By 11:00am, we will put away the cameras (completely away) and visit the art collection. You can’t see everything in one visit so find something that interests you and take your time going through it. What I want you to do is look at the art. I want you to think about it. How can you infuse what you like about the works into your own photography? I’m not talking about photographing the art itself or making a photo that looks like a painting. I’m talking about the paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations (etc) and your willingness to let them inform your personal esthetic and style of photography. Much of the history of art is on display at LACMA. You can (and should) draw inspiration from all of it, incorporating it into your own work. That’s really what this Meet-Up is about. It’s about broadening your creative base. It’s about ideas.


Some Info:

1. There is an entry fee to the museum of $10 Seniors and $15 Others. Purchase tickets online or on site at the ticket office.

2. Parking is metered on 6th St, you can park in the museum underground parking off of 6th St (fee) or you can find free parking in some of the neighborhoods.

3. Walking is on level pavement and lawns.

4. We will meet at the “Grand Entrance” at 9:30am but anticipating typical LA traffic, I’ll stick around for an extra half hour (10:00am). Aim for 9:30 and you’ll be fine.

5. Carpooling will help with the traffic situation and spread out the cost of parking.

6. Tripods should be OK outside of the buildings.

7. Go to for location and other info.

8. Contact me, John Grusd, via email at [masked] if you have any questions.

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  • John G.

    Great place for ideas!

    July 18, 2013

  • Roy

    Thank You John for setting this up, had a great time.

    July 18, 2013

  • Danny

    I am not going to be able to attend. Have fun!

    July 18, 2013

    • dwayne p.

      very disappointed here but where is everyone? imja

      July 18, 2013

  • Deja C.

    plana changed... next time

    July 16, 2013

  • dwayne p.

    Lookin foward to meetin everyone

    July 15, 2013

  • Deja C.

    Sounds fun!

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Next time.

    July 15, 2013

  • Jim R.

    Sounds like a great location to shoot and think.

    June 17, 2013

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