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Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Day 1

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This week, I am in Cambridge to visit my younger sister at her school. I arrived late last night and will be here until Thursday. I want to stay longer to hang out with her more but I have to fly back to Sacramento on Thursday. On Saturday, Henry and I have a wedding to photograph. Then on Sunday, I have 4 family portrait sessions scheduled on the book as well.  I’m actually really excited. I quit my job a month ago to do photography full time and as right now, all of my weekends for November are booked solid with the exception of Sunday, Nov 22nd.
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Here are a few snaps from my walk around the MIT campus:mit massachusetts instiute of technology campus tour fall-6 mit massachusetts instiute of technology campus tour fall-7

I felt like a stalker. I waited for that guy to walk right into the middle of frame before snapping this pic above. I’m not sure what’s in it but from the outside, it looks like lots and lots of laboratories inside.

(below) The sun was setting so the glass was reflecting all sorts of pretty colors. Can you tell I was going for the minimalism look here?
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This is the famous Stata Center at MIT. The outside looked so interesting with all the different shapes and different materials. I went inside to browse around and sure enough, there are more studio, more lab and more studying spaces.

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These snaps are of the inside of the Stata Center:
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Almost empty studying spaces on the upper level.
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From where I stood, I can see that guy studying at his station on the other side of the building. The middle is a hollow space. It was kinda scary that I can see all the way down to the lobby.
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This was the most amazing thing that I saw at the Stata Center. There must have been thousands of cranes hanging from this installation. I am going to try to find out how many cranes are there in here? In Asian culture, the crane represents good health, longevity, truth and fidelity.
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According to 1000cranes.com, the crane’s habit of mating with only one partner for the duration of its life caused it to become a strong symbol for marital fidelity and honor. As a result, the origami crane also became a powerful symbol for loyalty, nobility, and beauty. According to Japanese tradition, anyone with the patience and commitment to fold 1,000 paper cranes will be granted their most desired wish, because they have exhibited the cranes’ loyalty and recreated their beauty.

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Now it makes sense why lots of couple have cranes at their weddings.mit massachusetts instiute of technology campus tour fall-24

Now here are some cool after dark shots to end the night:

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