You know the drill, but if you have just popped in, this is part of a series of photographs I’ve taken around the campus of Marywood University in Scranton, PA. The choice of subject in individual photographs is adventitious. Sometimes it’s because it’s photographically interesting, and sometimes because it’s just something curious. Or both.
The sign for the La Verghetta Center for the Performing Arts has a brick pedestal with what look like bits of quartzite around it. But there’s a dinosaur egg there (figure 1)! I have no idea what this stone means or commemorates, but it stands out like the dinosaur that laid it. Or the biggest robin in the world.
I like Japanese maples when they are lit from above and shine with sparkling red and gold transmitted light. Figure 2 represents an attempt to get one, and if you’re a fan of lens flare there’s something for you, too.
I took some atrocious pictures about a week ago of this statue (figure 3) in bright, direct sunlight. The little cherubs came out, but the statue was washed out on the one hand, and dark as night in the shadows. But the other day it was overcast, providing wonderful diffused light that served the statue well. I also used the telephoto so as to reduce the angular size of the statue and have it framed by the red brick wall in the background. The two marble cornices and the tree on the right determined the rest. I made sure the wall would be out of focus and I darkened it to provide a backdrop for the statue. Still, I like the geometry of the bricks and mortar.
Thanks to the light, the drapery is visually arresting. She’s in a breeze coming straight at her, and the clouds under her feet suggest that this is the assumption. The band of cloth falling and circling around her to her left is great, and the riffles in her gown/robe at her right foot are pretty vigorous (while exposing her toes).
My wife has an office on the second floor of the Rotunda. On a sunny, though hazy, morning I caught this image out of her office window. The small manicured trees and serried rows of bushes, along with the formal geometries imposed by the green spaces and the pavements remind me of an Italianate formal garden. Is that Monte Cavo in the background?