I barely scratched the surface of the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) on my visit last week to the Photographs Gallery – see the previous post. The V&A is a huge (and hugely important) museum housing the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design.
I visited on a beautiful Spring day – not really the kind of day when you wanted to stay indoors after winter, so not surprisingly I went out into the central courtyard now known as the John Madejski Garden since its recent re-design. I was not the only one basking in the warm sunshine.
But the image that really caught my attention was the reflection of this façade in the decorative pool of water.
I chose not to include any part of the real building in this image. Back home I processed it and then faced a quandary. With the image being pure reflection which way up should it be viewed? I flipped it and flipped it back.
Personally I prefer the view above with the reflection ‘inverted’ so it appears a bit like a watercolor produced by a painter with a rather exaggerated tremor.
And rather than ask you all to contort your bodies or contemplate the idea of performing a handstand on your desk to view the image as it was originally shot and before I flipped it, here’s a thumbnail that will save you the trouble (and risk)!
And do let me know your thoughts on this reflection.
Friday is a special day – see you then and you’ll find out why.