Monday, November 12, 2007

Picture Perfect Twin Cities - The Weisman

From time to time I will be posting about places around the Twin Cities that I have found to be great locations for taking photographs of children.

Today, The Weisman Art Museum. Located on the U of M campus overlooking the Mississippi River, The Weisman was designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry. I'll spare any attempt at an architectural review by simply saying that it is an amazing building, an explosion of angles and shapes all covered with shimmering stainless steel.

Inside you will find a few small galleries that are definitely worth walking through, especially since admission is free. There are an assortment of paintings and sculpture that seem to appeal to kids. If, while inside, you plan to take any pictures make sure your flash is off and its best to check with the front desk for any other restrictions they may have on photography in the galleries.

Now it's time to get the really good pictures outside. Take the elevator down to the parking garage entrance level and walk outside toward the river. You will find a nice patch of grass right in front of the building. Let the kids run off some steam while you start snapping as many pictures as possible. Don't worry too much if they don't want to "pose" for you. Most of the pictures that I really like that I've taken there of Q and some friends are of kids being kids. Remember that the building is reflective so it can be just as much a subject as your child. Showing up at just the right time of day could make a nice picture spectacular! The following pictures were not taken in ideal conditions but they give you a good idea of the potential.

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