Monday, 9 March 2015

Selfie Sticks

From the Telegraph

The Louvre is concerned about the increasingly popular gadgets being waved around within inches of the Mona Lisa and other famous paintings that tourists love to use as a backdrop for souvenir shots.
They are not yet banned at the museum, but a spokeswoman said: "Users must follow the rules and not point any objects at paintings, sculptures."

What's the point in going to an art gallery if you can't brag to your friends about it on Twitter? You might as well just go and see a movie.


Jim said...

Cameras have, for a long time, been banned in many historical sites around Egypt.

now with the tombs in the Valley of the kings for example, I can understand it. The light from the constant flashes is fading the inscriptions. but why that applies to a pyramid (where there is not an inscription to be seen) is pretty much beyond me.

Mark Wadsworth said...

The fun part is posing in front of a picture so that it looks like you're part of it.

I've got one somewhere of "Mark Wadsworth and his twelve disciples at the last supper" :-)

The Stigler said...


I have some flash photos, because the guards said "no, you can use flash, for little payment". I was like "no, you're OK, I can manage without", but they just wanted paying. And then I took a couple of flash shots just to get them to go away. Appalling.


Have you seen this:

Mark Wadsworth said...

TS, awesome, that's the sort of thing I mean.

Jim said...

TS- They never came out that open to me, but i guess i could have had them if i had offered. I just never have made the offer, and obviously have not been over there in a while. But i agree totally - discusting.