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Magnificent Met Museum

by habituallychic

07 . 27 . 11
In order to start photographing my book, I first had to upgrade my camera.  After appealing to the powers that be at Canon for a discount, to no avail, I plunked down a boatload of money for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.  As I joked on Twitter, learning to use this camera was like trying to drive a Ferrari after only having ridden a Vespa.  I decided that a great place to practice and escape the heat would be The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The Greek and Roman Galleries are my absolute favorite places to visit and were my first stop.  I was inspired to shoot in black and white by the hauntingly beautiful photos of statues in Florence and The Louvre by Christopher Draghi. What always strikes me is how alive the statues still look to this day.  I really had the feeling that some of them were going to all of the sudden start speaking to me.  These galleries are really magical and magnificent but with help from Bill Blass, see last photo, I would expect nothing less.

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

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  1. AlwaysMe July 27, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    How fortunate you are to have such an inspiring place to learn about your new camera. I can tell already that your book is going to be great!

  2. fancyfunction July 27, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    Some great shots there! The Met is my favorite museum – I can get lost in there for hours. Enjoy learning all the functions of your new camera!

  3. Heather July 27, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    What a fun way to spend the day! Good luck with the new camera!

  4. the modern sybarite ™ July 27, 2011 | 3:34 pm

    As a suggestion, try the NY Public Library. It will challenge your photos as there is shade and brightness inside this wonderful beautiful space .. and its COOL!

  5. A Few Pennies July 27, 2011 | 4:26 pm

    your talent exceeds any photo-taking I’ll ever hope to imagine! I love what you’ve posted with the b/w pictures–good luck with your book endeavers–you’re going to be great (I’m going to get one!)

  6. Emily Amy Gallery July 27, 2011 | 5:06 pm

    Thank you for making us feel like we were standing face to face with these beautiful antiquities. A trip to the met without leaving our desk…almost! Looks like you chose the right camera, jealous.

  7. ArchitectDesign™ July 27, 2011 | 6:18 pm

    It does a great job -can’t wait to see the photos for the book!

  8. Anonymous July 27, 2011 | 7:16 pm

    lovely sensuous photos…sensitive.
    well composed cropped.
    brings us close.
    such a pleasure to see !
    thanks for sharing your vision and

  9. Joseph the Butler July 27, 2011 | 8:12 pm

    I think the power of these images is that we all want to stop and look at others, really look. And we want to see them up close, intimately, to be a voyeur. You’ve captured that in so many of your images. If we could only do it with real people as well–I mean, look closely.

  10. Karena July 27, 2011 | 9:02 pm

    Sculptures like these are so awe inspiring, the Met is amazing. We have great works here at the Nelson-Atkins Museum as well.


    Art by Karena

  11. Marc July 28, 2011 | 3:05 am

    Such a great camera. I have it myself. You make me swoon with all of the images. Some of my favorite photos to shoot while traveling. Xoxo

  12. Shanen July 28, 2011 | 8:18 pm

    I loved the Met photos. I’ve been researching cameras trying to get into photography this summer and think I’ve settled on a Canon. I’m excited to learn more and actually have a plan of taking excursions all over DC, specifically all the Smithsonian museums, to practice;) Hopefully I make it up to NY and can take some photos of the Met when I make some photography progress.

  13. james2062 July 30, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    Dear H.C.,
    Do you EVER PROOF READ prior to posting? I know many editors and writers and they ALWAYS proof read before they post. It is really teeth grinding to read your posts with their numerous run-on sentences, missing words, and grammatical errorsl. If you really are HABITUALLY CHIC, will you please learn to use the English language as it was intended?!

    P.S.,… perhaps you could locate an intern that could proof read your column before you hit the post button.

  14. Habitually Chic July 30, 2011 | 3:08 pm

    Dear James,

    I do not have anyone helping me as I try to juggle my interior design projects with putting out a free blog while working on other projects and starting a book. I do the best I can while multi-tasking. +I would love to have an intern helping me but at the moment I do not so instead of berating me every chance you get, why not politely tell me the mistakes I made and I’ll fix them. Otherwise, if you are so incensed by my terrible blog, maybe you shouldn’t read it any longer. I could certainly due without your negative comments.

  15. Nicole August 3, 2011 | 2:05 am

    Oh my goodness, Heather. These are inspired, passionate, sensitive and sensual. Keep it up and you’re going to go far!

  16. Anonymous August 5, 2011 | 5:04 am

    I just read your blog about unkind comments…I’ve always felt that mean, inconsiderate people are angry and inferior since there is generosity in love and happiness, don’t you think?
    I know when you’re down it seems that that is when people unerringly know how to poke the tender hurt spots…I’m sorry, but I’m more sorry for the hateful people who jabbed at you! Good for you to take heart and strength from those who ARE kind.
    Anonymous only because I don’t know how to sign me, Penelope@UrbanSafariDesigns where I love to browse through your blog for inspiration…

  17. Kara August 10, 2011 | 1:38 am

    Heather, for someone learning how to drive her “ferrari” for the first time, you have done an incredible job! I love your photos, and would happily hang any one (or number of them) in my home! Keep your spirits high – I love reading your blog, and let naysayers say what they will…have you heard that quote from Mark Twain? “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”