Friday Fictioneers: AT THE ART MUSEUM


           AT THE ART MUSEUM… The story of one woman’s obsession in 100 words…

She had reached her Holy Grail. The Baby Rollie trembled in her fingers as she readied to lie on the marble floor.

“Jamie,” Kevin hissed “this is the Guggenheim for Christ’s sake! You can’t just lie down on the floor.”

Entering the art museum, they had worked their way to the exact center of the lobby to get her perfect shot. She had big plans for this picture, and she had to take it with her Rolleiflex. But the viewfinder is on top of the camera, and her photo is straight up.

“Oh the hell with it, I’m doing it!”

GUGGENHEIMby Jamie Powell Sheppard

by Jamie Powell Sheppard


This story is purely fictional, of course, intended to fulfill a photo prompt for Friday Fictioneers.  Any resemblance to anyone named Jamie Powell Sheppard is purely coincidental.  One of my favored possessions is that photograph printed on aluminum… it is spectacular.  Come by my house and I’ll show it to you.  Better yet, visit her website and see all her photographs.


This week’s FRIDAY FICTIONEERS prompt comes to us from that Canadian Mother, Writer, and Lawyer (so watch out) Jennifer Pendergast.  I could have hugged her when I saw it.

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66 responses

  1. This is a terrific take in the prompt!

  2. I completely sympathize with the need to do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot. Go, Jamie! Great story!

    1. Thanks, Lisa. There are photos her husband took of her taking photos… pretty funny. He didn’t take this one, but not hard to imagine what she did.

  3. Great story, and lovely photographs (as is Jennifer’s). I especially liked the ones of libraries.

    1. You should see her site for sure, Claire. Jamie specializes in Libraries. Thanks.

  4. Reminds me when I visited The Louvre and sneaked a shot in of the Mona Lisa…yes not allowed tsk tsk…but the perfect shot is worth more than 100 words. Well done.

    1. The perfect shot is worth getting thrown out of the Louvre too. Thanks. Hey, maybe Rochelle can use that.

  5. and her efforts to get that perfect shot has paid

  6. You should have seen what I did inside the Chrysler building! :O

    I’m honored, Ted, and I love it.

    1. Hey, look who it is! I’m glad. I’ll have to go find that pic and reenact the scene.

  7. I remember trying to take pictures like that and people telling me, no, don’t do that; and then walking away from me, embarrassed. I remember feeling uncomfortable but still feeling that I had to take that picture. Sometimes I didn’t even have a camera; sometimes I just wanted to see things from a different point of view and stood in a place that other people would be embarrassed to stand, or sit, or lay back.

    Thanks for a good story.

    1. You are so right, Randy. I used to be self conscious and obedient, but I’m too old for that now.

  8. Ted, I like how you wove all the strands together. If you see through the eye of a photographer, you feel compelled to go certain places to get “that shot” even if you may not be as wonderful a photographer as your friend.


    1. The eye of the artist goes to the eye of the beholder. It is interesting what we see. Thanks, I like your first line, Janet.

  9. Go Jamie….liked this story on many levels!

  10. Your take is a museum in itself! So much here off the 100 words! Well done man….!

    1. haha… thanks YeP.

  11. Love it Ted. I can see people walking through looking, pointing and giggling at Jamie laying on the floor.

  12. Surely lying on the floor is better than putting your back out? Must an artist always suffer for her art? Thanks for the additional photos and link to Jamie’s site – her work, like yours, is gorgeous.

    1. I’m glad you viewed her work, Sarah Ann. Thanks.

  13. My husband has hung onto me in fright while I was taking shots! Thanks for the invitation to come and visit. I’ll be around in a few days. Put the kettle on. Ann

    1. Any time Ann. Let me know if you are near the San Juan Islands.

      1. I wish I WERE near the San Juan Islands. I take it you live there and are not just trying to misdirect me!

      2. Ha… no, I live in Friday Harbor.

    2. P S The print on aluminium sounds interesting. Would like to see it if you ever feel like posting it online. I’m printing on copper at the moment. Not photographic images.

      1. I’ll do better than that, Ann… here is Jamie’s blog about the process, with photos.

      2. Thanks Ted. I just read it. I’m intrigured by the coal mine movie projector. My grandfather was a coal miner for 50 years and never mentioned watching any movies! Ann

      3. Oh, I’m sure he watched some. Why don’t you write Jamie. She is on fb in case you are, too.

      4. No way did Granda watch movies in the mines! He died in 1965, when I was 14. He was a WWI hero. He went down the mines at the age of 11 and retired from that at 65.

  14. I loved this one Ted! The best yet I think, and like you I’m too old to listen to anyone. I’ve done things to get that perfect take on something. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

    1. I agree. I’m glad you liked it.

  15. Enjoyed it and could just see her lying there and everyone staring; I would have too!
    (lain that is, not stared…well, maybe)

    1. You would have stared at her. Thanks Scott.

  16. An artist does whatever she has to for her art. You’ve captured the moment, Ted. Good one. Love the photos.

    1. Thanks, Rochelle… you can see why I had to show Jamie’s when you look at Jennifer’s photo. You know the import of illustration… you do it daily.

      1. Love the camera, too. My parents had a box camera. Brings back memories.

  17. That’s cool that you were so inspired by an artist’s photographs. This one is very thrilling. I agree with Rochelle…you did a great job capturing an artist’s moment!

  18. The photo of the photographer as well as the Guggenheim were both wonderful
    Your little story was just right.
    Thank you for both.

    1. Thanks, Lindaura. I was going to put her photo first when I started, but after I wrote the story, I remembered her self portrait and knew I had to have it start my story.

  19. Ted,
    Great job on this…I was going to comment on Thursday but not being a Thursday Fictioneer I was little embarrassed and waited until Friday.


    1. Well, you are truly a Friday Fictioneer in more than name… but that doesn’t mean you can’t comment before Friday. I’ll go check and see if yours is up to snuff this week, Tom Friday. Thanks.

      1. Well I broke just about every rule and posted on Wednesday…so I would think it is not up to snuff….
        Tom Friday…I mean Wednesday

      2. You mean you were lying by inference? For shame… you even posted yours before mine! Haven’t been able to read many yet… so Siberia next? That’s adventurous not knowing the prompt yet.

  20. I’m glad she didn’t sacrifice something like lying on the floor for her art. I mean, come on, Kevin, it’s an art museum!

    1. Actually, between you and me, the real Kevin, would have known it was useless to say that, and he is very supportive. Thanks, B.

  21. As a woman who has snuck a photo op at the Guggenheim your story tickled me. I didn’t lie on the floor to take the photo. We were told by the docent in no certain terms were we to take the shot. Seems we could buy a copy of it in the gift shop. The hell with that! I did it anyway. My son yelled at me, but all of his friends laughed. The picture was perfect and gave my son and I a great memory to share.

  22. Love it, Ted! I didn’t have to lie on the floor of the lighthouse for this one, but I probably still got some funny looks! I like your aluminium one too. Gonna go see Jamie’s other photos now…

  23. Dear Ted,

    This is quite possibly my favorite of all of your many stellar stories. Your obvious joy oozes from every word. I love the two photographs. Never have seen the Guggenheim’s interior skylight. Not what I would have imagined. Very cool.



    P.S. Exploring your wondrous link now. Thanks

  24. Hi Ted
    I love this story – I could just picture Jamie lying on the floor and ignoring all the strange looks she got! Brilliant 🙂

  25. Nice blend of fact / fiction / inspiration. Beats me how the Guggenheim could be so… unsympathetic when it comes to getting the right shot.
    Reminds me of the time the Tate Modern had a mirrored ceiling in the turbine hall for an installation, and the floor – 150 yards long and 30 yards wide – was covered in people lying down to watch the upside down world go by. It was part of a sunrise-type installation at one end (which was spectacular) but most visitors were interacting with the ceiling. Groups of students were laying in formation to spell words (mostly polite), people making snow angels without the snow.. i spent about an hour inverse-people watching, and its the best thing ive seen there.

    1. Wow… that would be great to see. Renee (the blond one) said the officials told her she could not photograph the ceiling, but you could buy a print in the gift shop. Jamie never told me her experience, I just made it up, and that was before Renee’s comments up top.

      1. hmm the fact you could buy a print proves its a decision of finance over art. disappointing.
        Click on the gallery on this link to see the sun and the ceiling:

  26. Fun post. I live a few minutes away from it and have been there a few times. I have been yelled at to not take pics there from the staff every time I take out my camera. LOL!


  27. You gotta do what you gotta do 🙂 And when the result is photographic perfection you don’t worry about what others think!

  28. Funny! I like the originality here very much.

  29. Enjoyed the story and photo too. I wouldn’t have worked from any other angle.

  30. wonderful take on the prompt, ted.. thoroughly enjoyable read 🙂 and great photos! 🙂

  31. Very good take on the prompt, and what a great homage to Jennifer’s picture. Great work.

  32. There is nothing wrong with wanting to do it your way to get the one of a kind experience.

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