Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Contemplating

What is it, mummy?
Nothing... Just thinking.
What about?
My place in the world...
Aha. I see.

(dialog with my 4 years old)

Now on different subject. Two years ago we were in Lecce, down in Italy. I came across a picture of us that I have not seen since then. The teatrum is actually a part of the museum. Funny and old nice museum. They had photographs of better things from the ancient times that they could not have. Apart from few things, the museum was basically empty. And, despite this fact, I liked that it was a peaceful and quiet place in the middle of the old city, exactly the opposite of what the grand museums want to be today - lively, interactive, noisy, with crowds of people. They try to get rid off everything what makes them special. How come that things like time stood still and quiet strolling inside while looking at everything is not appreciated anymore? I know, the idea is to get more people inside. So they take the wrong path and turn themselves into an amusing park. Anyway, why I am complaining about museums right now, I wonder. It just came around...
The Lecce picture glows with heat.

9 comments:

Monica said...

we went to Puglia a couple of summers ago and although we didn't visit Lecce as soon as I saw that picture it reminded me of that holiday.

The blinding heat. So much light there.

Beautiful.

Bohemian girl said...

Where did you go in Puglia? I think the south of Puglia is beautiful, on the other hand I was bumped how dreadful the landscape around Foggia was.

Francesca said...

That's a beautiful photo, Magda. But, ah, the art of museography - where does it stand now? You are more qualified to stay. Personally, I also intensely dislike museums that have become interactive joints because people can't keep focussed unless they've got buttons to push, music to listen to, and images flashing all over the place. However, dusty museums that are simple displays of items catalogued by a numerical system are tedious.
Did you find your place in the world? Baci.

le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Beautiful!

Bohemian girl said...

Francesca,
I did not.

isoinpapu said...

I love that dialogue there. I guess i have said those very words myself. And feel that i haven´t found yet, my place.

Wishing you the best finding-searching days.

raining sheep said...

Oh, it looks so warm on that photograph. I just had to drive through 20 cm of snow, what a nightmare, can't believe I made it home. It's -14...I am not leaving this house for the rest of the weekend. Actually, I want to be sitting on one of those steps in that photo.

Alicia said...

I agree with you.

Trula said...

I love conversations with 4 year olds. I see you are enjoying them, too.