While roaming the halls of Georgia’s capitol building, I photographed this story-telling moment through the open door of a legislator’s office. A member of the Georgia House of Representatives is at work in the inner office, abstracted by soft focus and a campaign sign that covers his face. The emphasis shifts to his aide, who acts as his gatekeeper in the outer office. I place her in sharp focus, and caught her just as she lifts her head from her work and gazes towards an approaching visitor, perhaps a constituent. She expresses a readiness to help, yet at the same time, seems somewhat inquisitive. She represents part of the privacy screen shielding the legislator from public distractions. He is screened by four layers of protection here – the wall of objects on the front of the aide’s desk, the aide herself, the books and poster behind her, as well as a massive wood and glass window, equipped with blinds.