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Looking at the dark cloud coming over the Capitol, I couldn’t resist to think allegorically in the actual social and political context.

When I installed my tripod to take some photos, an officer pointed me with a red laser beam, but I continue to prepare myself, not understanding that it was forbidden; I actually tought that they were noticing me that I was being spotted and maybe they were nervous because of my backpack and equipment.

Finally, an officer came from nowhere in my direction, telling me that a permit was required to take some photography if I was about to use my tripod. So I came back the morning after, to get my permit at the Capitol Police headquarter.

Being french speaking, I’m not always mastering every English subtlety... So when I arrived at the front desk, I told the officer: «...I would like to have a permit to shoot on the Capitol grounds...». He looked at me in the eyes and asked me to repeat just what I’ve said. So immediately, I understand the unforgivable mistake I’ve just made and correct myself, stating that I was there to «shoot» photography... Diplomatic incident can happen fast...

This one have been shot handheld, because you’re only allowed to use a tripod on grass and I was standing on the esplanade.

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