The Morrison Library
University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
December 20. 2004 - 9:00 PST
© 2004 G. Donald Bain, All Rights Reserved.
My first thought was to photograph the majestic North Reading Room of the Berkeley main library, a Greek temple design, but it is currently closed for renovation. But then I realized how perfectly the Morrison Library fit the theme. Mrs Morrison had the library built specifically as a refuge for students, a sanctuary from the everyday world. Her wish was that studying not be allowed there, only recreational reading and listening to music.
I got to the library as soon as it opened so there was only one student there. The room is softly lit, but there was bright light streaming in through the windows as the morning mist cleared.
I work primarily with cylindric panoramas for landscape photography, so this was a new challenge for me. There are still a few areas of poor registration, but I just ran out of time.