week #7/52: the observation deck

week #7/52: the observation deck

“This part is my favorite,” Keri says, leading her mother up the stairs to the observation deck. The room is gray and empty apart from a single row of metal chairs, just as gray as the room itself. It’s quiet here, the only sound a slow whir of ventilation banks on the wall. And there, through one large pane of protected glass, is the Earth. Home in a flat black sky. “It feels better to see it sometimes,” Keri tells her mother. “Then you don’t feel so far away.”

There’s another soldier in the room, and he’s quiet too. People rarely talk when they’re here – not because they’re not allowed, but just because it’s better that way. Keri’s mother stares out into the blackness, Earth in its three-quarters view. It takes some getting used to, that this isn’t the moon in the sky you’re looking at. It’s the other way around.

“I’ll show you the terrarium next,” Keri says.

But her mother is stunned by the view. She’s entranced. That’s normal. Everyone is like that the first time. She finally turns, her eyes full of more wonder than Keri has ever seen in them, like she was a child and not the old woman she actually is. “I didn’t know there was a terrarium.”

“Yeah,” Keri says. “There’s birds and plants there too. And even rain sometimes. It doesn’t smell like real rain though. I can tell the difference.”

– Keri, from a not yet titled chapter of Lakeside Heights

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notes: this one was taken in the photo gallery of the National Air and Space Museum, and believe me, when you go all the way to the National Air and Space Museum to take pictures of metal chairs, you get some really strange looks, lol!

But it was sitting in those chairs, and looking at photos of the Earth from space, and the gray tile and walls all reminded me of my moon base from my LH story, and the observation deck room where the soldiers can go to see the Earth in the moon’s sky.

Though in reality, the gallery was far from quiet. And I kept getting annoyed because people were walking through my shot and trying to sit in my chairs! My chairs, people! Leave my chairs alone! lol! πŸ˜‰

outtakes:

outtakes: the moon and the stars outtakes: the moon and the stars

outtakes: the moon and the stars

5 thoughts on “week #7/52: the observation deck

  1. Perfect! I was thinking while reading the excerpt that those chairs had a clinical / military feel about them, then I saw where you found them and said “of course, where else?” I’m pretty sure I’d be one of those staring, slack-jawed, out into the blackness unable to breathe at the wonder of it all.

    PS – am exceedingly jealous that you have such a place so close that you can just drop by when you need a photo

  2. Oooh, a photo project entry and an LH teaser all in one!

    You know, I hate sitting in those kinds of chairs but it’s a totally different thing looking at them in an artistic context. I love the shadows they cast on the tiles.

    I love your outtake of the window too – the sunlight and the shadow are really wonderful.

  3. Illandrya, there are so many great places to take photos around here, and I really hope to start taking more advantage of that. Especially now that the weather is getting warmer. For the record though, we were there at the museum that weekend for D, lol! And I just happened to think of this passage while I was there (with my camera handy, of course!) πŸ˜€

    Carla, I’m having so much fun taking photos of completely random and odd things in an artistic fashion. Like the batteries, lol!

    Thank you! πŸ™‚

  4. When I first saw the picture, I thought it was a waiting room in a old, neglected but clean train station. (At least, that is what train stations look like here in Belgium)

    But that was before I read the LH update and before I knew about the 52-weeks-photo-project. But it is a very nice picture. It shows the loneliness your sims in the lunar base must definitely feel. I mean, imagine yourself sitting there, in the cold seats, looking at the tine earth. Still, I am under the impression that the air surrounding you is not cold, but nice.

    Getting bored at work, I read your entire blog. After reading your entire LH-blog. I feel an insider in your life now. Even though I know nothing really significant about you. But somewhere I recognize myself, being the naΓ―ve 25 year-old that I am for the moment :p. I can only hope to develop just as you have. Not in exact the same way, that would be creepy. But by learning things, by getting insight in myself, my life, the things my boyfriend say, that our daughter does, …

    Keep up the very good work !!! I’m supercurious about your novel :-).

  5. Simphaesis, LOL, which novel? πŸ˜‰ I’ve got three of them on the chopping block right now. I really hope to focus and get the first working toward a real release very soon though. I’m scared to say a real date, but definitely by the end of the year.

    Thank you! I love your interpretation of the photo and the excerpt! You’re right, I imagine the air in the observation deck to be nice and climate-controlled too.

    And wow, I’m super-impressed you slugged through all of this! And I’m very glad to hear it provided some meaning and/or entertainment value. πŸ™‚

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