Yesterday I took a trip downtown to visit the main branch of the St. Louis Public Library. I needed a book immediately and they were the only branch who had a copy.*
I had been there before, but never beyond the first floor. To say that the building is impressive is an underestimation. I have a thing for architectural elements – pictures I take when I’m away from home would prove that. I think sometimes I have more pictures of the built environment in larger cities than I do of anything else. The Central Branch of the Library is one of those buildings I love for those elements and it’s in an area of interesting elements, at least interesting to me.
While I’ve been carrying my camera with me wherever I go all month, I haven’t quite conquered that fear of looking silly taking pictures in the city I live in. I have no issues with it when I’m a tourist, but for some reason feel a little odd trying to take pictures with my point ‘n shoot camera around town. So I snapped a few shots quite quickly, almost Kinnearing them into existence.
Of course, it was also an overcast, windy, and cold day, so I didn’t want to spend too much time outside. Not to mention it made for some gray picture conditions.
I keep saying that I’m going to head various places in the city and just walk around to take pictures. Maybe this spring I’ll set up a little photo walk – I see so many places and things that I think could make for interesting photography and we can’t guarantee that all of them will be around forever.
*The fact that they had the original copy from 1958 and not the update from 1993 is a different story.