Monday, 9 December 2013

100 Views of Mount Nuffield, cont'd.



You want pretty?  I can do pretty...

Briefly at mid-afternoon today, there was an interval of beautiful, warm-hued, raking sunshine, that shone between an assortment of campus buildings to illuminate the copper-clad hump of the Nuffield Theatre.  Curiously, and something I have never noticed before, it projected onto the Nuffield a triple shadow of the tall, minimalist sculpture in the foreground, actually made of four upright pillars.



6 comments:

Struan said...

http://xkcd.com/1272/

I have to confess, I like the first one more though (especially, mumble, mumble, if you take a bit off the top and bottom and make it square). Is there any part of the Southampton campus which doesn't have some sort of temporary fencing?

Mike C. said...

Well, obviously I carry my own around, just in case there isn't any...

That's a particularly beautiful ladder and barrier combo behind the tree.

Mike

Kent Wiley said...

Okay, perhaps I shouldn't have used the word "hideous" anywhere near a photography blog. But you do know that I was winking repeatedly when I made that remark, right?

Pretty? Yeah, we like that too. Not necessary all or most of the time, though. Indeed, I do like the ladder/barrier combo. In fact would like to see it more clearly, and wonder who's it going to keep from climbing the ladder?

Debra Morris said...


Yes, very pretty. That ladder is a joy....and a complete mystery. Looks as though there is a real determination to prevent any "under ladder walkers" on campus.

Did you have to go to a lot of trouble to avoid smoke/steam or cranes appearing, Mike?

Mike C. said...

Kent, Debra,

I think Debra is close to the truth here -- it is my belief that this is a ceremonial, apotropaic "ladder and barrier" installation. The ladder goes nowhere, the barrier prevents no-one from climbing.. Clearly religious or ritual in intention.

Closer image to follow.

Mike

Martin Hodges said...

I like these, Mike. They almost make me miss being on campus. Almost.