one day at a time

day 27: temptation

temptation

temptation © Verena Fischer 2011

On Tuesday I travelled to England to hand in my MSc dissertation. And that’s what I did yesterday. I spent all morning changing things around, printing the 200 pages twice (300 pages in total, because I printed the code double-sided) and then I had to bind the two copies at the school office with a ring binding machine. It took me half an hour, because it was such a thick stack of paper! In the end I managed to get it all done and hand it in. And now, I’m free! And I even had a celebratory Bacardi and cranberry juice last night.

After handing in I walked around the Sussex uni campus and although it doesn’t seem like this, things do seem to change. I wanted to go to a shop in Bramber house and was heading right for the side door to the post office and the shop … and there was just a plain brick wall! Apparently they put a Co-op in the building instead of the grubby overpriced little shop that used to be there when I used to live on campus. And they got rid of the side entrance in the process. So after I bought myself a buy-1-get-1-free deal of gummibear packs – I have to admit that I’m totally addicted to those – I walked around taking pictures. Suddenly I started feeling melancholic since I realised that it’s probably going to be the last time that I’d take pictures there. As usual I failed at trying to find the “Boundary walk” which is supposed to be a path where you can walk all around campus. Instead I ended up near the cancer research buildings and I felt like I was sneaking around people’s backyards again. That seems to be one of my hobbies lately.

Yesterday’s picture was taken in Chichester 1 which is one of the informatics buildings. There are labs on the ground floor and also upstairs and in places it has a really sinister feel to it, especially late at night. However, informatics students basically live in the labs and sometimes you run into a girl at 1am brushing her teeth in the ladies bathroom which makes it less creepy. At night I probably wouldn’t be brave enough to turn of the light, but during the day I always felt the temptation of turning it off, just to see how dark it really would become. Let’s just say, I quickly turned it on again and ran for the hills, since it got so dark that I have to assume that I turned off the light in one of the research labs too … oops.

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22 responses

  1. Where I live (Italy) it happens very oft that if a sign suggests not to do something most of people will do that, just to know why they are supposed not to do it ! A classic example is when if a sign says “do not open this door” . Why? What is there in that room ? It is better to open and check….
    robert

    September 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    • exactly..and in the case o that photo..i think its better not to put that switch shit over there if you dont want to someone turn of that light..!!damn..anyway its a great picture

      http://rodposse.com/

      September 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    • I remember that the singer of a band once told the story that he is compelled by big red buttons that say “Emergency off” especially in studios or big venues. The light going out in a venue with several thousand people capacity, that sounds just like the perfect idea. And I also always feel compelled by signs that tell me what I shouldn’t do … Why not?

      September 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm

  2. Hahaha… I love the title of this one! Judging from all the scratches on that switch plate you weren’t the first person to be tempted into turning off that light! I really like all the textures in this one (and the dramatic shadows)… the shallow depth of field works very well, too! Nice work! :)

    September 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    • Thank you! Indeed, I think many people have switched this light off. However, all my friends said they didn’t ever dare … strange that. Maybe it’s the English “It’s the law …” attitude.

      September 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      • Pushing on my computer monitor seems to do very little in the way of activating that switch, Ms. F…
        you know…
        just in case you were wondering. :)

        July 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      • Haha, lol! :D I’m so glad that at least once I turned that light off ;)

        July 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

  3. I love this one too!! Haha! I definitely want to flip that switch off! Perfect camera angle and composition… I like how the left side is a mere glimpse of a dark corner… makes you wonder why that light must stay on! Congrats again on everything. I love that this is the last photograph you took there… the light switch sign seems appropriate :). The world awaits! Great post :)

    September 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    • Thank you! Well, I’m not sure it was actually the very last picture I took, but it’s definitely a picture I have been wanting to take for ages, so that’s something ticked off the list before I left. I wonder whether I’ll ever go up the stairs next to the corridor again … Maybe when I’m graduating :)

      September 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

  4. I like this! Something a bit 1970′s science fiction about it :)

    September 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

  5. Once again, nice photo!

    September 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm

  6. very apt title!

    September 9, 2011 at 4:36 am

  7. Great shot, great story, and CONGRATULATIONS on finishing your dissertation!!! Excellent!

    September 10, 2011 at 4:07 am

    • Thank you so much! I’m so very very glad it’s over now. It was a lot of work that one …

      September 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

  8. mewithmycamera

    beautiful shot! keep snapping!

    September 10, 2011 at 4:57 am

  9. Great subject.

    October 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm

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