Representation of all Sides

The author did his best to give every aspect of city life fair representation in the story “Die Stadt”. He shows this from the very first picture of a man sitting on a hill, looking towards the city. I believe that that man is the author trying to picture his city with none of the normal editing people do to make cities pretty and desirable. Within his pictures he shows both the normal and the hidden, the bustling streets and the mournful faces. His talent with contrast is remarkable and he places it in a handful of his pictures. For example in slide 17, the author shows a crowd of people talking and watching a religious vehicle go by near the upper left corner but in the lower right corner there’s a pickpocket in the process of doing what he does best. The author does this kind of contrast fairly often and brilliantly but it is subtle. A person usually has to really look at the pictures to find it or else the negative act gets lost in the crowd. However, my favorite picture he does this in is slide 97 and the contrast is not hidden. It is the one with the woman standing there smiling in the train station with the hunched over man in the back ground. She’s looking at you as if taking a photograph. It could very well have been a post card she would have sent to her parents to say all was well. However, as it captures the joy of her, it also captures the misery of the man in the same town, in the same place, at the same moment in time. There was just something about the reversal and how the man seemed to be connected to the woman by their placement and yet seemed so far away though his body posture, that made the picture feel like it had a lot to say. All in all though, “Die Stadt” was full of very impressive and thought provoking pictures.

 

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