Robb Hill

Photographer
   
Views of the Capitol
Location: Washington DC
Nationality: American
Biography:     When I was 11 years old I won a red ribbon at the Indiana State Fair in photography. It was for a series of photos I took of our cats. My family went to Michigan that summer for vacation, I didn’t find out about the prize... read on
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Views of the Capitol
Credits: robb hill
Updated: 04/22/21
Location: Washington D.C.
As soon as the fence went up around the U.S. Capitol Building after the insurrection on January 6th a culture started grow next to the fence. The fence is a border and borders always generate the feeling of us and them. On which side is it better to be? Once the fencing was reduced to just the Capitol grounds, I started thinking of how the Capitol Building projects itself in the lives of those who live in its shadow. It’s not visible from everywhere in D.C. but its presence is constantly felt. From under the Capitol dome comes our laws, our culture clashes, our history, and our future as a nation... as a people. As I walk the streets of D.C. I keep thinking of Hokusai’s, Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji. The woodcuts are not about the sacred mountain but about lives of the people who live in Hokusai's prefecture. Washington D.C. is the Capitol of the United States but the Capitol Building is not Washington D.C. Views of the Capital explores the life of the people of D.C. that live, work, and play in view of the Capitol.

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