112/365 Three Graces
The Three Graces located on the grounds at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is by far my favorite statue in all of Indianapolis. It is at the end of the sweeping lawns called The Allée in the Oldfields gardens. To visit this statue is to find refuge and tranquility and is well-worth the time to discover it.
There were some things about the statue that I didn’t know but wanted to include in the description above. I knew it was called the Three Graces and that it is at the IMA and that it is located at the end of a expansive lawn. But does that lawn have a name? So I looked it up online. I discovered the lawn is called The Allée and is part of the Oldfields garden. I also discovered that my photo is not unique. If you google “Three Graces, Indianapolis Museum of Art” and look at images only, you will see many photos very similar to mine.
I have been thinking lately about what it is that makes a photo interesting. As much as I like this photo because I love the experience I have getting to it, I don’t think the photo is something truly inspiring. It is rather mundane because of so many similar photos taken of it. You would not be able to distinguish this as a photo I took because so many others have taken the same photo. So I have determined that this photo is what I call an informational photo. It says, “Here’s a photo of an interesting statue you may some day want to visit.” It doesn’t say, “Here is beauty and tranquility” or “This is awe-inspiring” or “This is unique”. The photo has no other value than to show you there’s a really cool statue at the IMA that you may want to visit some day.
I’m chuckling to myself right now. I clicked on one of the images on Google images because it looked like a photo I took. For a minute there I thought it took me to my Flickr page of images I have taken of this statue and I got rather excited because maybe, just maybe I did get a unique photo of this statue. Then I remembered that I haven’t uploaded any of my IMA photos to Flickr yet (with the exception of this one today)! See! That’s how indistinct this photo is.
All that being said, though, the Three Graces is impressive and when you see it you will understand how beautiful it is in its surroundings. And perhaps you will get the photo I’ve missed….unless I beat you to it. 🙂
Posted on February 22, 2012, in 365 Days Journey Through the Past, An Indiana Experience and tagged 365, 365 Project, Indianapolis Museum of Art, statue, Three Graces. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.