Recently my attention has taken a handful of dips south of the Seine to the lovely Musée d’Orsay. Recently we did the soft launch of THATd’Or (Treasure Hunt at the Musée d’Orsay, of course!) in conjunction with the AFMO (American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay), but it’s taken me an age to unroll the THATd’Or website and business plan. With this in mind I’m going to do a number of photographic posts, because after shooting rolls and rolls of film the editing process is – as usual – the hardest part.
And Black + White aside, would most people know what building this was taken from? (or would they even care, looking only at that sublime cotton ball cloud?)
Because The Musée d’Orsay changes its collection every two weeks (a phenomenal and rare quality among museums — and in part because of its alliance with the Orangerie and other local museums, it’s able to) it makes it impossible to have already-existing hunts, so I can’t just create the twelve THATMuse themes I have. For this reason, THATd’Or will be the luxury line of THATMuse.
The entrance Horse was sculpted for the 1878 Universal Exhibition by Pierre-Louis Rouillard. Up until 1986, when the Musée d’Orsay was created, this bucking bronze was at Palace Trocadéro.
But back to the snaps: which photo should be used for the THATd’Or website? Do you prefer the above – all horse — or below, with balmy sky above the 7th Arrt’s Paris rooftops?
Or we could have a photo with Rouillard’s horse and the M’O billboard in-yo-face, which I think is a perfectly horrible idea, but who knows. It’s more commercially minded, so perhaps wiser?
Plus if I used this shot I’d have to do a number on the sky for some contrast. You do realize if that MO sign weren’t there that we’d be looking at the Louvre, non?
Last quandary of today’s post:
Do we like the façade in a no-nonsense here I am look at me shot, or do we want a bit of context, a boat, the Seine, an introductory branch?
DOf course since you’re not allowed to take photographs inside the museum other than in designated areas (of the building and not their collection), I have a gazzilion shots of both the façade as well as the Musée d’Orsay’s magnificent train clocks, all to be posted imminently, till we have the website live.