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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Gallery Eight: Light and shadow shape meaning > Backbenchers, House Chamber, Old State Capitol, Phoenix, Arizona, 2010
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Backbenchers, House Chamber, Old State Capitol, Phoenix, Arizona, 2010
28-JUL-2010

Backbenchers, House Chamber, Old State Capitol, Phoenix, Arizona, 2010

From high in the gallery over the House of Representatives Chamber in Arizona’s old state capitol building, I shoot the noon light as it pours through an overhead skylight to illuminate five desks at the back of the room. Using a superwideangle 14mm lens, I stretch the scene into deep shadow, symbolizing the presence of the past. The other desks are barely visible to the eye. If we looked at this scene with our own eyes, we would see the entire room as well as the highlighted desks. By using my spot-metering mode, I can expose for only the strong light, and create this effect. Meanwhile, a circle of 19th century light fixtures, as well as the great chandelier in the middle of the room, offer additional context of another time. The chamber is now a museum. The present Arizona House of Representatives, which is much larger than it was at the turn of the 20th century, meets in a new building next door.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
1/160s f/4.5 at 7.0mm iso100 full exif

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