52 trees – week twenty-eight

Shadow patterns, Newark Library, NottsNewark Library is housed in a modern building largely made up of glass and surrounded by trees.  The glass is tinted to stop excess heat and glare, but there are also blinds high up on the glass walls to help give shade from the heat in summer.  I often do some shifts there, and I’d noticed that on sunny days the trees outside cast their shadows on these blinds, and I’d just as often felt the urge to photograph them.

I don’t take my camera to work as I don’t want to risk leaving it in the lockers, and I’d been meaning for some time to make a visit there specially to take some shots, but sod’s law had seen to it that my free time and the right weather hadn’t coincided.  However it had to happen sooner or later, and this week I finally got the opportunity.

I also got some strange looks from people wondering what I was doing.  As I’m sure lots of you know, this is an occupational hazard when you’re into photography, particularly the kind of photography where you’re using your own vision and awareness to see things that other people miss.  I’ve got used to the embarrassment factor now, and mostly feel sad that people miss so many of these visual pleasures.  I always did notice things that others didn’t, but photography took that ability and expanded it tenfold.  This has been one of its greatest gifts to me, and I can’t imagine life without it now.

I couldn’t decide which of several shots to post, so I thought I’d include a couple of other favourites as well.

Tree shadows on blinds, Newark Library, Notts

Tree shadows on blinds, Newark Library, Notts