Visiting Salt Lake City: Part 2, The Leonardo Museum

in photography •  2 years ago

In my last post here I talked about my visit to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the Supercomputing conference. Been a while since that post, due to some real-life obligations catching up with me; the end of the school term came with a huge deadline, but also great news. I passed my Qualifying Exam, and I am now a PhD Candidate! :)

So, In the part one post, I showed off my favourite photography style: outdoors and landscapes. For something completely different, part of the conference's activities was a reception at The Leonardo, a museum in Salt Lake City. So for this post, I will show off some of the eye-catching exhibits that were being showcased while I was there!


Of course, a museum dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci would be woefully incomplete without wacky, zany invention ideas -- especially regarding flight! I'm really fond of the single-person wing suit, and the mini biplane, with the steampunk aesthetic. In contrast to a real plane, with all the complexities required to actually fly safely, it makes a nice juxtaposition of steampunk fantasy to reality.

The Nuclear Family

Another exhibit was a showcase of a cold-war-era home. Alright, I'll just say it, it's totally Fallout style, creepy vibe and all!

Tunnel of Dreams

This exhibit was a pretty tunnel, full of a design that resembled both blueprints and constellations. Balloons, planes, wingsuits, spaceships -- you name it -- the tunnel was decorated with different plans from different eras.

More Modern Art

Zoom in on the goat on the right, and stare at him. Try not to laugh. Go on.

Live Demonstration

What makes an exhibit on flight even better? Why, a live demonstration of combustion, of course! Captured at the just right moment, the laboratory-getup-clad assistant shows off how combustion works with fuel poured into a small container.

Only lit for a fraction of a second, these are the times where you frantically swap to burst mode to try and get the right shot!

That's all for today! For those of you interested: Camera is Sony NEX-7, with my usual Zeiss 16-70mm lens.

Click an image to enlarge! They are, of course, down-sampled from my original copies; we can chat if you're interested in any full quality versions. As always, these are my original photos, and I maintain the copyright.

Don't forget to if you like my blog, I like to post picture stories!

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Thanks a bunch for sharing this cool tour with us but, most of all, congratulations on your PhD candidature!!! (Upvoted and followed!)

Namaste :)


Thank you! It was a huge step for me. :)

so, so beautiful! and your photos are great, as always


Thank you! :)

I sure enjoyed the history of flight. Can't say much about the other display choices of the museum...

Interesting place to visit, strange "The Nuclear Family" thing


Creepy right?!


Yes, didn't know they are called like that, i just search on wiki and yes creepy

Was hoping to see some of the man's design drawing. I read about him drawing things way before his time like a helicopter even.

Very nice photos.

Interesting and some weird stuff!

Looks like a fun and cool place to visit! Interesting live combustion demo! The exhibits seem pretty diverse and would appeal to many. Great photos!

Congratulations @anyx.... such an interesting place.... and lovely pictures

Cool photos!

wooow beautifull

Nice :)

I am a big fan of Da Vinci and ... you! Linked your post to my last. Cheers!

What a great place to visit, the leonardo da vinci museum. Really cool and of course different. Best

Great pics, looks like that Sony you use does pretty well in low-light conditions

Good post! Thanks for sharing!

Awesome photos! Really liked the ones with prototype wings. :)