Exercise 5.3

Look again at Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photograph Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare in Part Three. (If you can get to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London you can see an original print on permanent display in the Photography Gallery.) Is there a single element in the image that you could say is the pivotal ‘point’ to which the eye returns again and again? What information does this ‘point’ contain?
Include a short response to Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare in your learning log. You can be as imaginative as you like. In order to contextualise your discussion you might want to include one or two of your own shots, and you may wish to refer to Rinko Kawauchi’s photograph mentioned above or the Theatres series by Hiroshi Sugimoto discussed in Part Three. Write about 150–300 words.

Surprisingly even though the natural route through the frame seems to follow from the leaping man, ladder, rubble, man looking through fence and finally the clock tower I keep finding myself drawn to the man looking through the fence or more so the reflection. The man behind the fence has a building in the background but in his reflection there is nothing but space which gives the idea of distance between peering man and factory buildings.

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