Madrid, Spain (2017) - My family visited the Madrid’s Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia so my painter mother could see some of the best modern art like Picasso’s “Guernica.” However these days, the museum itself is nearly as impressive as the art inside. Redesigned by architect Jean Nouvel, it’s built of glass and steel, with vast, open-air spaces for people to gather.
While leaving the museum, I noticed how daylight shined through the roof openings, creating light patterns on the tile floor. Then I saw this maid and found the contrast I wanted: this extraordinary building needs ordinary people to make it work. I waited until she walked into the shaft of light, then pressed the shutter.