My friend was lucky enough to get us passes [through her Congressman’s office] to tour the Capitol building. An intern took us through the underground passageways connecting the different buildings, and after passing through security we were on our way. We were able to not only go on the basic tour, but also see the the House and Senate chambers. They weren’t in session, but that meant that it wasn’t too busy and we were able to ask a lot of questions about how things work there. You cannot take photos in the chambers, but it was pretty awesome to sit in the gallery and see where our laws are voted on, and where the State of the Union is given. This time spent in the Capitol was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip.
- Fuji X100S
- VSCO Film: Kodak Portra 160++
The original Senate chamber. This room was also used as the local farmer’s market, so it got pretty dirty and wasn’t a great place for lawmakers to convene. There is also a fun acoustic feature: in certain spots, you can easily hear the whispers of someone all the way on the other side of the room. This did not work well for anyone trying to discreetly negotiate the language of or votes for a bill.
We had a little time to kill before our tour began, so we made use of the old telephone booths still in the office building of our Congressmen. Of course there are no real phones in them anymore, but they’re still a nice private spot to sit and catch up… until I take a picture of you! :)