Mu­seum peace

Sean Bat­ten uses his wide-an­gle lens to cap­ture the quiet but strik­ing in­te­ri­ors of London’s mu­se­ums and gal­leries

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I’m a soft­ware de­vel­oper by day, but a keen am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher when time al­lows. I live near London and love to pho­to­graph all as­pects of London life, from its ar­chi­tec­ture to its peo­ple.

I’d been look­ing for a project that I could work on over time and would give a view of London that you don’t see very of­ten. I de­cided to set­tle on pho­tograph­ing London mu­se­ums. Lon­don­ers are lucky in that almost all mu­se­ums and gal­leries are free th­ese days, plus there’s a huge num­ber of them. Also, most have a lib­eral ap­proach to pho­tog­ra­phy; you’re al­lowed to shoot in them as long as you’re not us­ing a flash and it’s not a paid ex­hi­bi­tion.

Some­thing to con­sider if you’re shoot­ing in th­ese spa­ces is that space is of­ten quite tight, so a wide-an­gle lens is a big help; I typ­i­cally use my Nikon 1424mm as it does a great job of get­ting ev­ery­thing in. Light­ing can also be an is­sue, so you’ll want to in­crease the ISO and open up the aper­ture. The 1424mm opens up to f/2.8, and I leave it on this set­ting when­ever I’m shoot­ing in­te­ri­ors.

Great at the Tate

One of my favourite mu­se­ums to pho­to­graph is the Tate; both the Tate Mod­ern and Tate Bri­tain. Time To Go [2] shows one of the most iconic ar­eas of Tate Bri­tain, the Man­ton stair­well. I wanted to try some­thing dif­fer­ent with this shot,

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