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May 2020

[March 9] Robot dinosaurs.
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[March 9] The Gallery of British Rocks (actually just called the "Minerals" room.) In the back is "The Vault" where precious stones and meteorites are display.
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"Is it gushy food time yet?"
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[March 9] I'd completely lost track of time at the Aubrey Beardsley show and really didn't leave myself much time to look around the Natural History museum. I already posted a panorama of Hintze Hall day-of (the second picture in this post) but that was an in-phone stitching. I wanted to do a better version in Photoshop and here it is. The blue whale skeleton is cool and all, but this is about the architecture, which so very Victorian. Ostensively it is Romanesque, but it isn't just a slavish rehashing of a 1,000 year-old style. The glass roof and iron arches holding it up are ultra modern for 1880. I'm not sure how much was consciously political, but all the hubris of the British Empire in the 19th century is wrapped up in it. It's a cathedral to science, exploration, imperialism and industry. While I was shooting this I was asked by a woman "for a picture." I assumed she wanted me to take a picture of her with the hall as a souvenir. I was surprised when it turned out she wanted a picture of me. Seriously, London! I may never take a vacation anywhere else.
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[March 9] Back at Tate Britain for the Aubrey Beardsley show. The is the only photo I took of a complete drawing. As soon as I did I thought, "What am I doing? I'm going to buy the catalogue." I then continued with pictures like the second one in this post where I get in close, looking at *how* it is drawn more than what is drawn. I have the catalogue for pictures of complete drawings.
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[March 9] Aubrey Beardsley details. When I bought the catalogue the cashier absolutely gushed about my shirt. I'd decided to wear something I'd brought as an option for Slimelight: a satin shirt with a floral brocade. I hadn't done it on purpose, but as I approached the counter, catalogue in hand, she said, "That is the absolutely perfect shirt for this show." And she went on from there and it was quickly apparent that it was about more than the shirt. After years of being made to feel like a buck-toothed potato, repeatedly getting this kind of attention was more than a little therapeutic.
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[March 9] Aubrey Beardsley details
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[March 9] Aubrey Beardsley details.
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