In these entryways to seats of power—including banking, media, and retail—the spaces appear almost sacred in their polished surfaces and lush adornments. Columns flank the revolving doors. Flags, abstract paintings and potted plants provide decoration. And along the street, the underside of power may also be glimpsed.
Taken at night or early morning, these photographs reveal no-man's-lands that are largely deserted, except for a guard or two. The vast floors glow under flourescent illumination.
The effect is as massive and impenetrable as a military fortress or Greek temple—so that the supplicants are awed, made to believe that these edifices are eternal and immutable.