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Alert: Samurai warriors sighted in Los Angeles

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LACMA samurai exhibit

I’ve been looking forward to this exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) since I first heard about it. Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection.

LACMA samurai exhibit

A friend and I are long-time members of LACMA so whenever a special exhibit comes up we try to go together.

LACMA samurai exhibit

So on Saturday she drove to my house then we took the Culver City bus to the Metro bus which stops right outside the museum. No parking hassles!

LACMA samurai exhibit

Other than what I had seen from the publicity, I really didn’t know what to expect but I suspected it would at least be interesting as I knew little or nothing about the subject… unless you count The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise. A pretty good movie, by the way.

LACMA samurai exhibit

Our tickets were for noon, there was no line, and we were able to go right in.

LACMA samurai exhibit

The first thing you notice is RED. Not just an accent here and there but bright crimson red pervading everything. I knew at once that this, along with the very dim lighting was going to be a photographic challenge.

LACMA samurai exhibit

The ceiling of the Reznick Pavilion during the day usually has natural light flooding through it because of the windows in the saw tooth roof. They were covered in red for this exhibit.

LACMA samurai exhibit

At first I attempted to outsmart the camera’s choices as I wasn’t happy with the images I was seeing. But every setting I made just increased the problems.

LACMA samurai exhibit

So finally I decided to acknowledge the camera’s innate wisdom and I dialed up P (for Program).

LACMA samurai exhibit

Considering the afore-mentioned difficulties plus no flash allowed, no tripod, shooting through protective glass cases and my unsteady hand, I have to give kudos to my Canon T3i for a darn good job. With a little help from Lightroom, of course!

LACMA samurai exhibit

You just have to go to the show yourself to truly appreciate the beauty, intricacy, handiwork and sumptuousness of the costumes. The exhibit is on through February 1, 2015.

From the website:

During the centuries covered by the exhibition, warfare evolved from combat between small bands of equestrian archers to the clash of vast armies of infantry and cavalry equipped with swords, spears, and even matchlock guns. Arms and armor were needed in unprecedented quantities, and craftsmen responded with an astonishingly varied array of armor that was both functional and visually spectacular, a celebration of the warrior’s prowess. Even after 1615, when the Tokugawa military dictatorship brought an end to battle, samurai families continued to commission splendid arms and armor for ceremonial purposes. Because the social rank, income, and prestige of a samurai family were strictly determined by the battlefield valor of their ancestors, armor became ever more sumptuous as the embodiment of an elite warrior family’s heritage.

LACMA samurai exhibit

For more images, click on a photo below to see the slide show.


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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles. Recently I rediscovered photography and I am busy learning everything I can about it. It's a great excuse for getting outside, wandering around and stopping to look at things.

12 thoughts on “Alert: Samurai warriors sighted in Los Angeles

  1. What a fantastic exhibit! I haven’t never seen it before. The details are incredible. 🙂 Great photos!

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    • Thanks Amy… I’m so glad they let us take photos as I have been enjoying visiting it all over again and noticing things I didn’t see originally.

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  2. Excellent – I really like this!

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  3. I really enjoyed this exhibit and am happy you were able to overcome the photographic challenges. Great post Roslyn.

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  4. this post alone ought to get at least 1000 likes — photography phenomenal

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  5. Thank you so much Bonnie… I am going to make an effort in 2015 to get my blog out there…. I just have to commit the time to posting regularly….

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  6. You captured a lot of great detail here.

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  7. Interesting and colourful post, very good.

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  8. Thank you Chris. A very unusual and worthwhile exhibit.

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