One of the minor frustrations of my job is that over the last century people have taken the same pictures at Rice over and over again and a lot has been left out. Some images are just irresistible–Lovett Hall, for example, is simply a compelling vision. But after you’ve seen thousands of pictures of it, you start to wish someone had thought to turn around and take a picture of what’s behind them.
I ran across a really interesting photo this afternoon, although what made it interesting seems to have been an accident. This was taken from what would be the front side of Fondren Library, but the state of construction allows us to see through to the back side. For decades, this was one of the least photographed spots on campus.
Bonus photo: I took this yesterday standing in the intramural field next to the gym. I think it’s pretty attractive.
But this is the sort of bland, ordinary photo that I’m calling for more of: