Places: Sri Lanka by Chris Sorensen

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How does one travel thousands of miles to the other side of the world without taking a step? Not by plane but through photography, the eye can appreciate rich panoramas, cultural icons, and the lives of local residents. Chris Sorensen creates such a visual journey to Sri Lanka through his vibrant and poignant photographs, a narrative mix of portraits, candids, and landscapes. In one photograph, fishermen are frozen in motion, precariously balanced just a few feet above the watery blue. Rows upon rows of Hindu deities wave a friendly “hello” in another, while elephants stomp joyously around a water basin in a third. Sorenson captures the beauty of Sri Lanka in the stills, but the scenery comes to life through the rays of sunlight beaming through the green vegetation, the earthen textures on the rocky cliffs, and the emotive expressions on the villager’s faces.

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Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.


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