I don’t exactly know what a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering entails, but I definitely know Lina has a strong sense of adventure and decisiveness. When we approached the armillary sphere in Old Main, she didn’t hesitate to climb in even though the task looked daunting, especially when wearing a petite white dress. I have had countless graduates passed up on this idea. Not Lina.
In Greek mythology, Atlas carries the world on his shoulders. There is an additional myth that when Atlas grew tired, he would place the world he carried on a turtle. This was the very idea for the armillary sphere, built in 1969. I felt this symbolism quite appropriate for Lina and her boyfriend Rui. That is, one is fully independent and capable. But the other is, nonetheless, always present, dependable, and supportive. What an amazing team!
Shortly after booking her graduation session, Lina and I decided to move the original date up, to take advantage of the one sunny day amidst our constant rainfalls. I knew that would mean I’d likely be showing up in a messy hair bun, having been packing and scrubbing all weekend for our upcoming move. I also knew that, to me, there’s nothing as being too physically exhausted for photography. Quite the opposite – photography gives me a rush of adrenaline and make me feel excited to show up and give my all. Capturing another person’s joy rejuvenates me and feeds my creative process. As I declutter our house, I knew there’s one thing I don’t mind accumulating… Joy.
Lina, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to create joyful images of you as you celebrate your achievement at Penn State! I love spending an afternoon with you, getting to know you and Rui, and witness how cute and darling you both are. Congratulations on receiving your Master’s and best of luck with your PhD journey!Sanyo Paris
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