Saturday, April 7, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Derby Public

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 reappears for the week, and we search for and provide shadowy art. Today, a favorite building of ours, an early 20th century beauty, is the  Derby Public Library was opened in 1905, and was renovated and reopened again in 2000.

It is a fine looking structure, the stone facade massive yet the large windows add a brilliance that makes it a bit less imposing. And, the renovation allowed for me wheelchair entry - a definite plus for me :)

The facade of the addition followed the original style in stone and windows. A stunning building outside and in...The stone follows the outside the building in the walls that surround the building. A granite stairway is curvaceous, the shadows falling along the wall contours, the handrail adding shadowy and curvaceous nuance to the scene...

The shady side shows off the massive style. In the renovation, modern windows, of the same style when built, replaced the windows.
When you look at the scene, the building seems stern and overbearing. However, with the huge windows at each level, the interior is very bright from the outdoor light - just like in the old days.

It takes work to find the seam that separates the original and new sections on this wall. - it is just the stone beyond the vertical drainpipe. The changes from old to new are almost imperceptible.

With the multi-pane windows, shadows fall inside the closed-for-the day library, the panes allowing for cool effects on both sides of the glass

The shadow hunter captures himself with the point-and-shoot, the hunt for shadows always a fun pursuit...Follow the artistry of changing light at the fun and picturesque meme SSS2!

21 comments:

Chubby Chieque said...

TY for the tour, bro!

Shadow don't lie, huh? You still look Awesome even your sitting in your wheelchair.

HOpe you have a great Holy Week-End.

Greetings from Stockholm.
/C

BLOGitse said...

I really, really like buildings like this. They look proud and handsome.
Happy weekend!

Cassie said...

It is a beautiful old library. Have always loved that kind of grand entry way. Like the peek of your shadow in the last frame too!

frayedattheedge said...

What a fabulous building, enhanced by the shadows!

Sylvia K said...

I do love libraries and what a lovely one this is!! And it is indeed enhanced by the shadows!! Beautiful captures for the day, Ralph, as always! Hope you and Patti have a wonderful and very Happy Easter weekend!

Sylvia

Kelly said...

Libraries are magical places and this is a beautiful building in which to house all those books and resources. I love the shadows from the railing on the steps to the entrance.

Catherine said...

what a special place libraries are - lovely stone building....

Joan said...

Great shot of your shadow!
Love the stone and the entrance is beautiful.

robin. said...

oh my gosh, what a lovely home indeed. thanks for the shadow tour ralph. have a blessed Holy weekend.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Libraries, both inside and outside, are some my favorite places on Earth!

Will She Forgive Us?

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

What a beautiful old building,love the shadows on the steps.

Have a great weekend.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love those huge windows and curling shadowy stairs PLUS the touch of classical pillar at the front! A beautiful, impressive building!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

How I love seeing an old building renovated so that you can't tell ~ they really did a marvelous job Ralph! Such a pretty building as well....bet the inside IS quite sunny & bright! Great shadow capturing....wishing you & Patti a wonderful Easter as well :)

MyMaracas said...

Gorgeous building. It really is an amazing restoration - thanks for showing it to us. I do love old buildings, and I wish we could still build them with that attention to detail and permanence.

Love the last shot best, though.
;-)

jewaicious said...

Ah, Ralph. You captured the beauty of the building through your photography. I love the shot of the stairway, and the shadows and swirly lines in it. Each photo is lovely on its own.

Paula Scott said...

Thank goodness there is no limit to shooting shadows! Like an all you can eat buffet that never ends. I really like the way that staircase curves.
Have a Blessed Day with your family!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Dear Ralph this is indeed a very impressive building of stone and glass ! I think you are very right about the natural light inside smoothing the edges of what could be a stern and stuffy building .. libraries should be welcoming : )
Ah ! You have captured yourself in this last shadow shot : ) cute !
Joy

Dianne said...

top of the morning to your shadow :)
beautiful building

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Just the building and its history alone is worthy of a post Ralph!! This was marvelous...the write-up AND the perfect images shared.

John McElveen said...

Ralph--I feel smarter already! Really awesome compositions- and thanks for the tour! Great shots!

JOhn

chubskulit said...

The shadow on the second sot is so intricate! Beautiful shadow shots!