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This is one of my favorite corners on the University of Chicago's campus to photograph. Just east of the Harper Memorial Quadrangle, is the social sciences quad. This is the stone archway that leads into the unimaginatively but aptly named Social Science Research Building.
I have had precious few occasions to purposely visit this archway - once as an entering freshman taking exams, once as an economics student, once as a graduate student trying to escape a downpour and then finally as a photographer hoping to capture a bit of twilight beauty during a snowstorm.
It is amazing how strong the associative power of vision is on a subject that is only seldom visited. Smell is the most associative scent - capable of conjuring distant and vivid remembrances from the slightest whiff, but, when the scene is not a part of the daily humdrum, I think visual association is the most evocative (imagine the photographer espousing that ;)). So much change of aspiration and position, all within the same setting makes those memories seem like they came from another time or another person. Each chance I had at seeing this spot in passing reminded me intensely of those chance visits from past lives as though I had just seen a younger specter of myself walking through that arch into the close and snowy dark in a heavy wool coat, crunching along a northerly path.