Second Thoughts

Since it’s just across the street from where I work, Grainger Library is an easy subject when I’m out on my lunch break:


When I took this image I was attracted by the sweep and interaction of the building’s curves; when I reviewed it later, it seemed bland and uninspiring. Three weeks later I was scanning through Lightroom looking for things to delete when I came across it again, and realized that the broad expanse of red brick would lend itself to a black-and-white rendering.

Lo and behold, two of my Flickr contacts whom I respect commented positively the same day I posted it. General approbation says little about the quality of a photograph, but people whose judgment one trusts can really help make sense of self-doubt.

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