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The Texas State Capitol building is the largest in the country, though it might not appear so at first glance. This is because a large amount of its area is subterranean; a large annex sprawls eastward underground for the span of an equivalent city block. This is the annex, and its entryway can be found in a reverse rotunda of sorts: a two-floor-deep circular open-air atrium. This shot was taken from ground level looking down into the atrium; the girl pictured was in the middle of the photoshoot for her Quinceaρera.

A Quinceaρera is the celebration, in Mexican and Latin American culture, of a girl's fifteenth birthday. It serves the same function as similar celebrations at around that age: the transition from childhood to adulthood. Typically a lavish affair, it is often celebrated with a formal party, not unlike a debutante ball or a 'sweet sixteen' in other parts of the country and world.

This shot unfolded completely by chance as I wandered the grounds of the State House around sunset. I was heading out to the annex atrium to get a panoramic shot of the state house itself, but happened upon this scene unfolding below me instead; I managed to get off a few shots before they moved out of range. This one was the best. Had I time, I would have switched to my 50mm lens for better quality and faster shutter, but I'm happy with the result despite the slightly less than ideal equipment.

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 884 W: 75 N: 1695] (7511)
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