Extra Credit- Contemporary Artist- Henri Cartier Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson

In a Train, Romania 1975, Photograph

Henri Cartier-Bresson is a European artist who takes black and white photographs of people all over Europe. His photos reference time in many ways, one because they show places he has gone personally to photograph over the years, two because the subjects are of all ages referencing growing up and aging, and three some photos are taken over a the course of a day or event or even have transportation in them, and obviously it takes time to get from one place to another.  I think this is a beautiful image.  I like the way it references time.  When I look at it, it reminds me of a long journey.  It makes me think up a narrative for the two characters in the photograph.  I imagine that they were travelling all day long, walking from place to place, waiting for transportation in between.  I feel like this is the first chance they got to sit down and shut their eyes for a few moments.  I love that I feel like I am there with them on the train, experiencing the time passing as they are.  It makes me anxious to think where they end up at the end of the train ride.  So far I have not seen many art works that relate to time by referencing transportation.  Considering people in this world are always going somewhere or doing something, whether its via planes, trains, automobiles, bikes, skateboards, or just walking, I think it is a beautiful way to see time, in that it takes different amounts of time to get where you are going depending how and where.

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