Angel On My Shoulder
Through entrance; approach grand staircase; proceed instead through the little hallway filled with cases of gold artifacts that runs alongside it; enter the big medieval church-like exhibit space; exit right; pass through the hallway of additional medieval art; go past the silver saddle in the glass case and Gallery 700 is just through the double glass doors.
Yup, I've now been here so many times I know the way by memory. The Met sculpture garden of 19th and 20th-century American works is slowly closing in on the Boston Public Library as my favorite frequent photo spot.
It has that same sort of appeal. The more times I visit it, the better I know the place and where to look for photos. I think I build a map of the space that informs me on a subconscious level. If I were a better photographer, I might have spotted this shot on my first visit instead of here on my...tenth? Well, it's a lot of visits.
Oh, and there's another advantage to familiarity and repeat visits: I remember the shots I screwed up. It's too bad I can't arrange a do-over on some of the photos I took in Beijing.