Friday, November 17, 2006

The ghost of a telescope

Last night we went to a party up at the observatory where the astronomers hang out. The buildings and equipment up there were all destroyed in the 2003 bushfires, so that we could wander around the ruins while the sun set pretending to be alien archeologists exploring the remnants of some sort of post-apocalyptic future Earth. (Yeah, I watch too much sci-fi).

This is my favourite out of the photos I took. I like how it looks like a double-exposure. That's actually just because it was taken through glass doors, looking into the ruins of the building that used to house the telescope. I love the way you can simultaneously see the zombie telescope, reflections of the trees and sunset from behind me, and the blue sky through the glass (how often can you look into a building and see the sky?)

Another couple of photos of the same building are below the fold, in case you want to get a better idea of what's reflecting off what.

Again, taken from the outside looking through the doors into the building. The telescope and blue sky is really inside, while the trees and clouds are reflections from behind.

This is what the building looks like from a higher, more distant point of view.