The other day I wound up with a very strange little box in my hands. It contained a stack of polaroid pictures of broken stuff: corroded pipes, cracked vents, malfunctioning equipment of all kinds across campus that needed to be repaired or replaced. None of it was especially interesting since you can’t really tell one busted pipe from another.
There were, however, a few exciting images of something that is rarely photographed–the area behind Abercrombie and along Rice Boulevard that is the home of the Facilities Department. I freely admit that I don’t have a good understanding of this. On top of that they are undated and I can’t be sure they were taken at the same time:
I have a decent grasp on this next one because of the rectangular piece of the building that’s sticking out on the right:
You can still see it in this picture I took this morning, straight ahead and with the ladder attached to the side:
And from the other side you can see how much the building has changed. The rectangular piece is at the end on the left:
So I’m wondering a couple of things. How do these pictures fit together? Dates? And for the first and third–where in the world was the photographer standing?
I’ve got a special one for tomorrow.
Bonus: Unconventional Wisdom.