Musuem Day No. 3 & a night at the Opera

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Today I was suffering a little bit of an information hangover and really didn't feel like going to another museum but there was a photography museum that I wanted to check out as I am becoming more and more interested in photography as this trip progresses.  The museum was actually in combination with the Helmet Newton Foundation.  I had heard of Helmet Newton but was unfamiliar with his work.  However, the displays were not his work.  There was some personal items like his 5 or 6 Australian passports.  Helmet was from Berlin but his wife June Newton was from Melbourne (I think).  Most of the photos on display were June's, however she goes by the name Alice Springs.  There was a series of black and white portraits, they were meant to be famous people but I only recognised a few.  I was really trying to understand the shots - the lighting, the angles, the eyes of the subject, their surroundings.  It seems simple when you look at it but the reality is quite different.  There were some personal photos of Helmet and there was a nude display which was a bit confronting.  There was a also a separate exhibit on mircophotography.  It went through the history of this type of photography but it was all in German so I couldn't understand, all I could do is view and only guess what it was I was looking at.  I think I translated one to be pollen and it looked incredible, not sure of the magnification but the shape, texture and colour was amazing.

Didn't do much else, except a bit of shopping.  Couldn't resist buying a vintage t-shirt with a Nutella print on it.

That night I went to the opera to see the premiere of Mozart's Don Giovanni.  I had never seen a Mozart opera so I was excited.  I had to collect my ticket and got confused on where to go and ended up queuing in the ticket line instead of going straight up to the counter.  I eventually asked someone in the line and she said no go to the counter or you're going to miss the start.  In the rush I didn't get a program and there were no English titles so I had no idea what was going on.  I didn't even know who Don Giovanna was because on the promotional material it was a man with blond hair wearing a mask so I was waiting for that to come on stage.  In the interval I got a program that had an English synopsis, so I was a little less lost.  Ultimately an opera is all about the music anyway and some of the aria's were really beautiful and the performances of all the main characters were amazing.
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