Walking down the aisles of L, I pulled out the files for Labyrinth and found these:
I looked in vain for a picture of my favorite labyrinth, constructed at the Yuan Ming Yuan, or old summer palace outside Beijing. The place is a ruin of the palace and gardens designed by Guiseppe Castiglione and other Jesuits to please the Qianlong emperor. But the images above are evocative and mysterious enough. It's just a little tricky to figure out how to use a labyrinth without it taking over the frame.
I also knew I wanted to look for images of Lapps. I was struck by the grittiness of some of the images I found, as well as by the confrontational, proud stares with which these Lapps greeted the camera.
magical drumming tradition, pictured here:
I was amazed (as usual) at the breadth of the collection of images, including this SAS airline menu image from the early 1970s:
Did a librarian bring this home from her/his vacation? Or how did it wind up here in the picture collection?
I also loved the thousands of images of lunch boxes, of which I've selected just a handful here.
And, of course, there are beautiful images of libraries, both the fixed and the traveling variety:
After looking through stacks of lighthouses, I suddenly saw how to combine some of these L images when I pulled out this lighthouse image from Nantucket:
The blue sky and the quality of windy isolation inspired me to pair it with one Lapp, one lunchbox, and a labyrinth:
I wonder if the aye-aye will get lost in the labyrinth, frighten the dog, or knock the pipe out of the giant Lapp's mouth?