I decided to make a visit to the Utah State Capitol building. I had not seen the Capitol since they completed a major renovation in 2009, and as my folks are in town for a visit, I thought it would be a good way to kill a couple of hours sightseeing.
Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/80 sec at f/20, 18 mm
The Capitol rotunda is pretty much what you’d expect. Murals and statues depicting elements and scenes of the settlement of the state of Utah adorn the ceiling and alcoves. The granite walls in this structure are really quite impressive.
Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/80 sec at f/6.3, 18 mm
The outer walls of the rotunda are granite slabs cut length-wise and placed to form mirror images from the granite’s natural patterns. They look like stone Rorschach ink blots, waiting to assess the minds and characters of our state lawmakers. Considering some of my perceptions about the Utah mindset, it should have been no surprise when I saw him there on the north wall, watching from the shadows. But in truth, I was surprised: surprised enough that I asked my father if he saw him, too. He did. When I have shown the unedited photograph I took of him to others, they see him without any prompting from me.
I’m convinced he’s not a projection of my subconscious. I’d even be willing to bet he’s an associate of Gayle Ruzicka, the powerhouse behind the Eagle Forum‘s ultra-discriminatory theocratic agenda.
He’s been given a permanent post as Demon of the State.
Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/6 sec at f/5.3, 112 mm
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