Photography by Jamie Betts
Photography by Jamie Betts

In a 2001 episode called “Kid Logic,” the radio show This American Life ran one of my all-time favorite stories. It’s about a little girl on an airplane.

“She was about 4 years old, and on her very first flight,” we hear Aileen Goldman, a therapist in Texas, say. “And as the plane was airborne, she turned to the woman next to her and said, ‘When do we get smaller?’ That had been her experience at airports watching airplanes take off. They do get smaller.”

Perspective skews perception, but in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue, we broke out our rulers to offer images of things across campus reproduced at 100 percent of their exact size in real life. There’s something very Richmond about the exercise, this juxtaposition of things that, when seen plainly and observed closely, reveal new symmetries, spark curiosities, and suggest relationships.

Our comfort with it explains why we have business majors in our art studios and art majors in our science labs. Any of them might have just come from lacrosse practice or a semester in Belize studying health care delivery systems. We value the ways that disparate ideas and experiences complement and extend each other.

It can be joyful, too.

Alas, the concept doesn't work so well on a web page. Take a look at how it appeares in layout in our PDF flipbook of the Spring/Summer 2018 issue here.