Last night, I attended the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s “Pixel Party.” Basically, this is an evening where the museum staff invite photographers to come into the museum when the museum is closed and take pictures at their Pixel Party. Upon posting the pictures, we are then encouraged to post them online to our Blog and on Social Media sites with the hashtag #pixelparty
There were three exhibits that were open for the Pixel Party – “The Cave Paintings of Lascaux”, “Hall of Ancient Egypt” and “The Hall of the Americas.”
The Cave Paintings of Lascaux were discovered by four boys in Dordogne, France. Dubbed the “Sistine Chapel of Prehistory”, the the Lascaux Cave is a jewel of prehistoric art and one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th Century. The cave was closed in the 1960s in order to preserve the original paintings, but for 10 years, french artist Monique Peytral documented and reproduced the paintings of the Hall of the Bulls and Axial Gallery. This work became known as “Lascaux 2” and is a life sized replica that is open for visitors today. The frescos painted on the walls of the cave depict horses, bulls, deer, cats and even the unicorn. These paintings also challenge the perception that prehistoric man was a hunter-gatherer, due to the picture of a man charging at a Bison.
The Hall of Ancient Egypt is a permanent display at the Museum of Natural Science and displays pieces of antiquity from Egypt. There are sarcophagus and mummies, pottery, jewelry and other items from the times of Ancient Egypt. Of all of the ancient civilizations, the Egyptians have captivated the minds and imaginations of the world. With their pyramids, mummification process of their dead and their advanced knowledge of Mathematics and Science, it seems that the Egyptians were able to accomplish super human feats with much less than we have today. Simply take a look at the size of the massive sarcophagus with a green face and then ask yourself, “How did they lift this thing with such precision?” This was definitely my favorite exhibit in the museum. I have seen the exhibit at the British Museum in London and while this one is smaller, it is still a fine display and you won’t have to fly to England to see it!
The Hall of the the Americas was a collection of artifacts from North and South America. This display changes over time as the museum staff rotates the artifacts on display. There are some items that they only display for a while and then replace it with something else. This keeps the exhibit new for people who may have already seen the exhibit before. Among the items on display are a totem pole, an Amazonian headdress and many pieces of Native American clothing.
Everyone who came to the Pixel Party seemed to be having a great time and it is always an enjoyable experience to be surrounded by those who share your passion. There were photographers from small to large, amateur to Professional; but at the end of the day, everyone was having a great time.
As you can see from the picture above, reflections could not be avoided in most cases. Instead of avoidance, I decided to embrace the reflections that I found in order to get an interesting perspective of the museum that most visitors probably do not see themselves. By shooting through three displays at one time, I was able to create a prism-like effect that magnified the number of items that I could get into frame. It was like playing with a big kaleidoscope in Ancient Egypt, quite fun if I must say so myself.
I would like to thank the Houston Museum of Natural Science for the opportunity to come and shoot inside the museum and I look forward to going back in the future.