#25 exploring our new town library

025/365 exploring our new library, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Once again the Daily Shoot assignment led me to have a closer look at something.

“Right (90-degree) angles can help define a composition. Make a photograph involving intersecting lines.”

Straight away, I thought about the new, modern extension to our 100-year-old town library, which was completed just over a year ago. I just love the long row of big windows along the street, offering interesting reflections at different times of the day. And from another angle, you can see people sitting inside, immersed in their reading. Fascinating!

Looking for 90-degree angles and straight lines, and then seeing the reflection of the tree in this window, made me think about how practically impossible it is to find straight lines and angles in nature, at least on the surface. Interestingly, though, Finnish architecture and design are often dominated by very straight and simple forms, in a country that otherwise is blessed with so much forest and untouched nature. It’s as though we humans need to bring order and structure into the wild, natural world around us.

I also started thinking about libraries in general. While more and more of the small, local brances are sadly being closed down, I am happy about the revival of this main one. It’s the favourite place for my daughter and her school friends to go and study, bringing their own laptops with them.

I have uploaded some more photos from today’s library visit in this Flickr set.

3 Responses to “#25 exploring our new town library”

  1. January 27, 2010 at 10:54

    It’s a beautiful library. I love the design of the shelves. I don’t mind straight lines myself. The Anthroposophical Centre in Basel, with all its natural curves and lack of straight lines, made me feel uncomfortable. That says a lot about me.

  2. January 27, 2010 at 17:00

    You’d love Finland and Scandinavia. It’s very straight lines everywhere. I’m fine with the simple Scandinavian style, but I for a change I enjoy anything out of the ordinary. The Spanish architect Gaudi appeals to me tremendously, for example.

  3. January 28, 2010 at 00:14

    Having said I like geometric design, I also adore Gaudi! I think I appreciate each style for its desired purpose.

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