Lee Friedlander Photo Analysis Las Vegas (2002)
This photo is taken in a car stationery at traffic lights; a person on a journey; buildings along the road, a wing mirror is in view and we can see the reflection showing a bridge the photographer has just passed. The dark interior of the car aside the brightness of day and vividness of the building creates a good contrast and balance between light and dark. The foreground interest is the inside of the car which also frames the buildings. We have two focal points firstly the buildings which our eyes are instantly drawn to and the wing mirror which shows us a reflection. The position of the mirror demonstrates the rule of thirds as it is positioned along the intersecting lines. The leading lines of the bending traffic lights, lamppost and the bottom of the window frame all lead your eyes to the buildings. The perspective is interesting as it is taken within a car, and the meaning of this image is a journey about moving forward while still looking back – which is demonstrated by the passing reflection. The person is going somewhere in the city but not letting go of the past. I think this photo is visually stimulating and dynamic as it has a deeper meaning and more than one focal point. The perspective is intriguing and you feel as if you are the person looking out of the window and moving forward on a journey.