Getty Center, Getty Villa, Photographs, Film, and Video

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What inspires you to pull out your camera and take a photo? We love to see visitors capturing moments at the Getty Villa and the Getty Center to share with family and friends. If you have photos of your visit to the Getty, we’re eager to see them, too! Show us your memories and check out how creative our visitors are at our Flickr group, My Getty Visit.

Here are two of the photos from our group—with stories from the photographers describing what inspired them.

The Getty Villa

When exiting the Villa, standing at the top of the steps, I was captivated by the serene beauty of the pool and surroundings and it seemed to be the perfect photo opportunity…one of many, I might add, I was able to take home from this extremely enjoyable trip.

Photograph by SDWelch1031

The Getty Center

I live on the Westside and use visits to the Getty Center as time out from the pressures of everyday life. Every time I visit, I try to find new vistas, angles, or lines to capture with my camera. On the day I took this photo the light was a bit flat, so I decided to convert the photo to B&W to emphasize the geometry and sinuous lines.

Photograph by Dorli Burge

Come capture a shot this weekend! We’re closed for Thanksgiving, but open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It’s our busiest weekend of the year, so get here early and see what inspiration strikes.

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      What unexpected thing have you learned by working at a museum?

      The more time you take with the art, the better. 

      The first time I saw a work by James Turrell, my eyes totally deceived me. I walked into the room (Acton, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art) and saw a gray rectangle “painting,” but I was baffled and could not figure it out—I got closer and closer until my face was pressed against the wall next to it, trying to figure out what it was. When my friend stuck her arm into the painting and revealed the illusion (a square cut into the wall and lit to look flat), my mind was blown! You got me so good, James.

      Also, always offer to take a family photo for the tourists!

      What do you wish you could tell all people about yourself, museums, or life? 

      Everyone is creative.

      Emily, Education Technologist at the Getty, July 24, 2014


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