Monday, January 19, 2009

A World of Glass


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Glass... The transparent solid composed of silicon and oxygen... Silicone dioxide, in fact. It's a shot like this that reminds you how much we depend on it. There's glass in the camera lens -- the advent of digital recording and video imaging changed nothing about the fact that optics require lenses, and they are made of glass. There's glass in the architecture, huge amounts of it. And it was shot through glass: note the reflections, including the photographer's hand at far left. This frame was captured through the upper windows of a double-decker London bus on a chilly afternoon in early December, 2006, somewhere between Victoria Station and Westminster, on the way to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery. Fuji FinePix S5600, on auto.

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