To Gaze Through A Looking Glass

This week’s photo challenge is titled, “Through“, and features a beautiful shot of an archway taken by Sarah Russo of the Daily Blog.  In the crafting of my response to this challenge, I have been tossing ideas on my definition of “through” back and forth all weekend, trying to decide what image would best capture my interpretation.  In the end, I decided to go with the following picture:

Some of the telescopes on display at the Adler Planetarium date back to the eighteenth century and earlier!

On Thursday I and two friends of mine decided to take a day trip into the city.  Our very first stop was to one of my favorite museums: the Adler Planetarium.  Unfortunately, our timing was rather poor – evidently, at least four other schools shared our desire to visit the Planetarium on that particular day and sent out their students en masse.  Despite being jostled through every exhibit by younger, curious learners it was still a very enjoyable experience, and I was able to take a fair amount of photos – including the one shown above.  I took this picture while perusing the various telescopes on display in the Through The Looking Glass exhibit.  The beauty of these telescopes arrested my attention immediately.  It is fascinating to imagine the makers of these eighteenth century telescopes at work, each striving to ensure that the aesthetic quality of their telescopes’ exteriors matches that of what could be seen while looking through them toward the heavens.  They are transformed into a type of portal when used, allowing the viewer to look through a “lens of discovery” from our world into another.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer Avventura
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 12:47:26

    What a different take on this weeks theme! I like it!

    Reply

  2. frizztext
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 06:55:51

    Reply

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