the Getty Villa

getty villa pacific palisades

On our recent trip to Los Angeles to photograph a Persian wedding celebration, we were also celebrating my 30th birthday. We decided to spend the afternoon at the Getty Villa near Malibu, a site that is v. different from the Getty Museum in LA (free with reservation; $10 parking). The Villa is Getty’s old estate, and the original house to his vast collection. The dude built the grounds to recreate Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, an ancient Roman town. The Greek and Roman artifacts and reproductions Getty collected make a stunning display, and I think we had more fun walking around the grounds with the fountains and lawns and sculpture parks than touring the inside. I have a thing for that architecture.

I usually assign myself a photographic project when I visit a museum that allows photography; the last time I visited Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts I took a picture of the ceiling in every room.  For the Villa, I was noticing the trend to use white marble within a darker piece to give the eyes a more “realistic” setting, which ends up just looking a little creepy. So, my personal amusement on this afternoon was to only photograph creepy things.  Here are my favorites.

getty malibu creepy statuesthe Getty Villa Malibu

Leave a Reply