How do you capture the mood of a government in crisis? In the days approaching the government shutdown, wire photojournalists foretold the approach of a catastrophe with melancholic visual tropes located around Capitol Hill. At some point, haggard congressional leaders standing at lecterns just aren’t nearly as dramatic as ominous shadows, apocalyptic sunsets, and precariously skewed architecture. Can’t you just feel the depression and anxiety?
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