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This week Meihoukai in Wanderland was featured on Nomadic Matt’s , as well as being spotlighted in the current issue of ! Many thanks to both for the honor!

Today I’m back in Albany after a few days of birthday celebrations for my little sister. One of the best things about spending this summer based in New York has been being able to celebrate milestones and holidays with people who mean so much to me. I spent mother’s day hanging out with my mama, I spent my best friend’s birthday partying with her on a boat around Manhattan, and I got to watch my little sister try alcohol for the first time as she turned 21!

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to go have a little photo shoot at the Albany for a while now but I’ve been waiting for the perfect combination of great weather and available free time. The Empire State Plaza is Albany’s most recognizable landmark, making up the majority of the city’s skyline and government buildings. It is often compared to the architectural design of the Brazilian capital, , which I would love to visit someday. This plaza’s construction came with a $2 billion dollar price tag and a host of controversy over architectural styles and eminent domain — pretty dramatic stuff.

Photo A

The plaza is home to many modern sculptures and other artworks, like the one floating in the reflecting pool at left.

Photo B

These buildings are creatively named Agency Buildings 1-4.

Photo C

is my favorite building in the plaza and definitely the most iconic.

Photo D

The most important thing to know about The Egg is that my senior prom was held here.

Photo E

A more abstract shot of the building.

Photo F

A silhouette of the plaza including from left, The Egg, The Corning Tower and the New York State Museum.

Which photo is your favorite?

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29 Comments...
  • Kathryn
    July 30 2012

    The pair of Egg shots in D. Although the Egg shot that looks like a pregnant bowling ball is a close second.

    • Meihoukai
      July 30 2012

      I love both of those, except I hate those stupid lights on the right-side shot!

  • steve mckee
    July 30 2012

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    • Meihoukai
      July 30 2012

      That is my desktop background right now 🙂

  • Photo B!! Definitely! Congrats to your little sister on becoming “legal”, and congrats to YOU for such awesome honors!! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      July 30 2012

      Thank you Tiffany! And yes, I love the colors in B!

  • Olivia
    July 30 2012

    I agree with mom— Photo D. My prom was also at the egg, thank you!

    • Meihoukai
      July 30 2012

      On that note, why is there no prom for grown ups? Ugh.

  • Dad
    July 30 2012

    If I vote for C do I get ‘Art Direction’ credit? It really is my favorite because of the framing and the the ‘WTF?” factor of unfamiliar viewers

    • Meihoukai
      July 30 2012

      Yes, I should have given you credit for being my photo assistant on all of these!

  • Vicky
    July 30 2012

    Congratulations on the blog mentions and being featured! I think photo D is my favorite!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 30 2012

      Thanks Vicky, seems to be a popular one!

  • Hannah
    July 30 2012

    Ooh, I like E the best this week – and congratulations for your mentions – very well deserved 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      July 30 2012

      Thank you Hannah! Its always an honor to get a shout out 🙂

  • Grandma Burr
    July 30 2012

    Congratulations for the honors bestowed on your great work. I certainly look forward to it every day. Pic – C — combination of nature etc

    • Meihoukai
      July 30 2012

      Thank you! And thanks for voting 🙂

  • wes
    July 30 2012

    D for me. Nice shots. I love modernist cities. Think I’d like Albany but a fiver says the coffee sucks.just my luck. Reminds me of the great Corbuisier cities:Chandigarh and new Delhi, and the post war bits of Paris that get overlooked. Canberra is another one. The egg is deadset gorgeous. Thanks for making me aware of it.

    • Meihoukai
      July 30 2012

      I had to Google Chandigarh… I definitely learn something new every time I talk to you. I’ll have to keep those cities in mind if I’m ever in those parts of the world. Brasilia isn’t too popular among tourists but when I make it to Brazil I will definitely huff it there to pay homage to Albany’s twin city!

  • Gram
    July 30 2012

    I like C best. It’s like, WOW

    • Meihoukai
      July 31 2012

      Thanks Gram! I love that one too 🙂

  • These are ALL beautiful but I think photo B because of the pop of color!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 31 2012

      Yes, I like to organic flowers against the hard mad made buildings. A nice contrast!

  • Nicky O.
    July 30 2012

    I second your papa. C!

  • Rachel
    July 31 2012

    I’ll go for D!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 31 2012

      Definitely the winner this week, thanks for voting Rachel!

  • Cat
    August 1 2012

    Love your architecture photos! My faves this week are A and C because of the symmetry.
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    • Meihoukai
      August 2 2012

      Thanks Cat! Your comment made me realize a lot of my Photos of the Week are more organic subjects rather than made made things… interesting!