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A Room with a View

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“We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won't do harm - yes, choose a place where you won't do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.” 

- E. M Forster, A Room with a View

               Unsatisfied with visualizations I found of Bryn Mawr online (after all, they were all through the lens of someone else) I decided to take my own photo from my bedroom window. Not only do I find it to be a particularly nice view to have the opportunity to gaze at daily, the sun slanting in past my shades in the late afternoon and a cool breeze moving through in the early mornings and evenings, but it also contains the spot I have chosen to visit regularly this semester. In the gap on the right of the photo, near the end of Senior Row, are several benches. Not only will I be able to observe the change in lighting as the days quickly begin to grow shorter but the extensive foliage is a wonderful indicator of the passage of seasons. The “edges” here are not only the breadth of my camera lens but also the confinement or framing that the trees provide. In contrast though there are glimpses of the “beyond,” the terra incognita beyond the foliage. But more than boundaries I think for me this image shows the distant and not so distant possibilities; this is what I see as I start my day, knowing that there is much beyond the boarder of trees to be seen as my daily wandering commences.