Murakami at the MFA

Last month, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts opened an exhibition of works by Takashi Murakami, one of Japan's greatest artist icons. What made the exhibit so great was that Murakami's works were interspersed with historic Japanese art so as to show a "lineage of eccentrics." The MFA is known for having a deep collection of Japanese art, so to see the two mix was thought provoking.

I was really excited to see all of this in person, having only appreciated Murakami from afar. However, I was doubly excited to photograph the exhibition. I've had several rolls of Kodak Portra 800 sitting in my refrigerator for months, not knowing what to shoot with a film that was particularly suited to lower light scenarios. I figured a dimly lit museum space would afford me the perfect opportunity to see how this film could perform. I paired it with my Mamiya 7ii, which I only grew to love more after this session. Depending on where I was in the museum, I shot the film at box speed, 640 and 400 iso.

I spent most of my time in the exhibit watching the other visitors and waiting for good opportunities to capture people interacting with the space. My favorite images are of the piece "Kawaii-Vacances (Summer Vacation in the Kingdom of the Golden)", a large set of gold and floral panels in a room with a floral floor. In some of the images, I intentionally metered for the highlights so that I could capture silhouettes against the vibrant colors.

The rest of the images are from other spaces in the museum that I am fond of photographing during every visit there.  I hope you'll agree that Portra 800 did a more than adequate job here. I will definitely be using this film more.

All processing and scanning done by Old School Photo Lab.