At the doctor’s office (photos taken while waiting to check in)

I had an appointment earlier this week and noticed the sunlight in a hallway off to the side while waiting in line to check in. The person at the head of the line was having an extended conversation with the front desk regarding potential dates for their next appointment, which meant I had plenty of time to slip away, take multiple pictures with my phone, and then slide right back into my spot at the end of the line again.

This first picture is what caught my eye, the long line of brightly lit squares of sunlight along the wall of this hallway.

Then I thought I’d try for a photo without the big plant. I liked the symmetry in this second image.

Finally, as the light began to change, I decided to take another, more subdued picture with the now dimmer light.

Meh. Tried cropping it later. Still meh. Plus that plant is looming way too large now.

It was too “balanced” and boring. Decided to give cropping one more try.

Liked this one much better. The plant is still really large, but it no longer dominates the image in the same way. I basically just moved the plant over to the left and cut off about half of the wall from the left side to compensate. Somehow everything seems more balanced when it’s technically less balanced, if you know what I mean. The composition just feels more “right.”

Seems like maybe there’s a life lesson in there somewhere 😀

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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6 Responses to At the doctor’s office (photos taken while waiting to check in)

  1. Steven Funk says:

    I’ve been silently following your thought-provoking posts for years, but this time, I have to comment: Why are only two genders allowed in the hospital restroom, and why are disabled people so tiny? I wish to issue a formal complaint against the signage team at this facility.
    An inquisitive and trans*+ positive professor and RN,

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    • Excellent points! Why indeed? I’m not even sure what that sign means. I gather it’s trying to indicate that the restroom is for everyone, but by being so specific in identifying people they’re including, they actually end up calling attention to everyone not specifically included, the implication being that if you’re not included, you must logically therefore be excluded. Maybe just the word “restroom” alone would do the job better? Or a picture of a toilet as the default symbol for an all-inclusive restroom?


    • P.S. Thank you for reading my blog, too!❤️


    • Sally Cissna says:

      I think the sign is just pointing people toward the restrooms (walk down this well-lit corridor) which do have handicapped stalls or are equipped also for people with physical needs. They may be unisex or not. The sign doesn’t tell us that. In hospitals, they are often a private room with one toilet meant for everyone’s use.

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  2. Sally Cissna says:

    A study of perspective, especially poignant maybe in that you were about to see a doctor. I bet the architect imagined that hallway (probably without the plant and bathroom sign) as he was designing.

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