Making Something from the Same Old Thing

Shooting on Capitol Hill can be a bit repetitive. Every week there are the same old press conferences and hearings.

For instance, every week that Congress is in session, the House Republican Conference has an hour meeting in the basement of the Capitol. After that meeting, the Speaker of the House, members of the leadership and some additional representatives that may working on something special, have a very short news conference. Everyone makes a statement and then there are about 4 or 5 questions from the media. Usually all directed at the Speaker.

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner during a press conference following the weekly meeting of the House Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 25 February 2015. Boehner reiterated over and over that he was "waiting for the Senate to act"  on a Funding Bill for the Department of Homeland Security whose funding will run out on Friday.

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner during a press conference following the weekly meeting of the House Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 25 February 2015. Boehner reiterated over and over that he was "waiting for the Senate to act" on a Funding Bill for the Department of Homeland Security whose funding will run out on Friday..

This “event” is always held in either a crappy little room near where the meeting is held or in the alcove of the hallway nearby.

The only way I have found to keep this interesting, is to really try to do something radically different, which seems next to impossible after the 100th time you do this, or look for a moment.

I make an conscience effort to make at least one photo that I am really happy with every day. Of course there are days when this lofty goal eludes me.

On this particular Tuesday, the presser was in the hallway and the story of the day was whether Speaker Boehner was going to allow a vote in the House on a “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security if it cleared the Senate.

Boehner was obviously feeling the stress that was being put on him from one one side the ultra-conservative Republican base, who wanted added wording that would strip the President’s recent executive action on immigration and the potential stigma of being responsible for shutting down a vital part of the government.

I thought this image of an unguarded moment worked well and did a good job of telling the story of the day. It was simply just a case of watching and waiting.

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