October 18, 2006

Reflecting table.

Yesterday's photos were two chairs, so let today be two tables. The first was my office desk. Then there's this:

Reflective table

I liked the reflection in this glass-topped table in a beautiful, old room at the University of Saint Louis School of Law, where I was a week ago.


Maxine Weiss said...

What does the eye see?

The drudgery of endless cleanups, spills, fingerprints, smudges, waxy yellow-buildup. Schmutz. Dirt. Everywhere.

Mirrored glass is the hardest to keep clean.

Glass table-top =
Losing battle with endless Windex.

Peace, Maxine

Joan said...

Jeez Maxine you are such a downer sometimes! May I suggest you take your jaundiced eye for a drink and help it unwind a bit? My eye didn't see anything remotely resembling waxy yellow buildup. Or schmutz. Or dirt -- anywhere. Obviously, this room is impeccably maintained.

I covet that woodwork (and the staff that maintains it.) What a beautiful, beautiful room!

shake-and-bake said...

Damn. My dining room side chairs look exactly like that. They are very old, from Scotland, and were purchased from a little antique shop that Ann Brinkley (former wife of the late David Brinkley) used to own in Georgetown. Before I realized who she was, I was puzzled by the fact that she would often remark that this or that item "was used for years in my home." I guess she thought the price of an old chair would seem more reasonable if the buyer knew it had once supported the Brinkley bum.

Maxine Weiss said...

But Joan, that's what my eye sees?

Should I lie and pretend like I see something I don't?

The eye sees what it sees.

And my eye sees dirt---at every turn.

New pair eyes?

Peace, Maxine

Joan said...

Maxine: New pair eyes?

When's the last time you cleaned your monitor?

Revenant said...

Nice shot.

Did you study photography in college, or is it something you learned on your own?

Maxine Weiss said...

Are you saying there's no dirt in St. Louis?

St. Louis has dirt just like anyone else.

Maybe they hide it better, but it's there.

Peace, Maxine

Anonymous said...

Maxine -- I can confirm we do have dirt here. And we don't hide it.

Ann -- It may be different for the Law School, but the undergrad institution goes by SLU ("sloo").

Ann Althouse said...

Rev: Thanks. No, I never studied photography. I'm using automatic settings, then tweaking in iPhoto, which is easy. The main skill is picking a subject and framing it. That's purely mental.

Anonymous said...

A lovely room. I think that everything you see above the doorframe (reflected upside down in the tabletop)is made of plaster. The cartouche running up the wall with the urns and acanthus leaves intertwined prolly is too.

Wickedpinto said...

The table itself, in it's setting is beautiful.

but I think it is completely inefficient, and defiant of what a table should be. The table should not take the attention away from the work, or from the food, or from the placements, or from figurines/statues/collectibles, any of the millions of things that should be on a table.

A table is supposed to be a canvass for whatever is set upon it, not to be the focus.

Just a thought.

I would be PISSED! If I had a well written, organized and attractive paper delivered onto a table like that ,because people would be paying attention to the table. I would be FURIOUS if I made a nicely presented dinner, and it was delivered onto this table, I think this table draws away from the purpose of a table.

A well made table, has respect for what a table is, this table, doesn't seem to have any respect for what a table is, though it's beautiful.

Just my random thought.

chuck b. said...

wow, you have really intense crown moulding. That's gotta get dusty.

chuck b. said...

Oh, that's not yours. nevermind. I'm drunk.

chuck b. said...

Also, I want to say that I don't like glass top tables. Or white carpet.

AlaskaJack said...

Ann, was this the room where you tangled with Prof. Fallon?

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Diane said...

Gosh, I wish I had known you were going to be in St. Louis.