There’s nothing that makes me feel more grateful in life than spending an entire day photographing a medical facility. Instead of cheering fans at a sports arena or hopeful students attending a university, many of the people passing our set on those days are experiencing one of the most frightening times in their lives. Childrens’ hospitals and cancer centers are the hardest to see. At the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC Irvine, many people are armed with hope that they will receive clinical solutions to maintain one of the most significant gifts in life, the gift of sight. Designed by DES Architects and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie, my team’s responsibility was to be considerate, discrete, and effective in some very sensitive spaces. Luckily, the patients were very interested in my shoot and began asking questions. At times like this, in places like this, I’m grateful to take a moment and help them pass their wait time.