Always happy to be back in beautiful Italy, prepping for the Intimate Tuscany Workshop and Tuscany Village Tour with Drake Busath. I thought I would warm up a little bit in a city that cradles its art. Of late, I have had an interest in not necessarily photographing works of art for their own beauty, but photographing the interactions of people with them. I had envisioned this image for sometime, as I wanted to show the absolute madness of our society for this particular statue.
Granted, it is quite breath-taking. It is massive in its own right, but combined with the aesthetics of the sculpture, The David by Michelangelo evokes a grandeur and beauty of the human spirit. I sat for awhile sketching out his other, unfinished statues in the hallway leading to the David and also watched people’s reactions as they turned the corner and could see the statue centrally placed in the rotunda of the Gallerie dell’Accademia. Many people were visibly taken aback, and many tour groups who were forced to listen to the didactics of their guides on other works of art simply could not look away from it and anticipated moving closer.
My goal was produce a black and white image which emphasized the statue as subject, but which clearly showed the immensity of the crowd that is often thronging the statue. I often wonder if art would be as popular if not institutionalized, brought into the museums and charged large fees for it. If The David were still standing outside in the rain, would we give it as much attention, make it a destination spot from all over the world. It seems hard to think otherwise, as the sculpture seems to speak for itself.