Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"Behind the Gare St. Lazare"

This image by Henri Cartier-Bresson is called Behind the Gare St. Lazare, 1932. It includes many elements of art and is quite an interesting picture. Point and line are utilized in the fence and rooftoops of the buildings in the background. There is a ripple in the texture of the water where the ladder is placed, but where the man is running you can see the water is smooth, which gives him the appearance of being able to "walk (or run, in this case) on water." The fact that the man is blurry illustrates to the viewer that he is in motion. This photo is 2-dimensional but looks 3-dimensional because the shadow seems like it is popping out of the photo. This phenomenon may be due to the most important element of art in this photo: value and the contrast of value. The darkest shade of the photo is in the man, which draws your eye to him right away, and the lightest hue is in thd puddle on the sidewalk... a very sharp contrast!

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