Talk of the Town

This photograph, from the Talk of the Town series about the small town of Helensville situated north of Auckland in New Zealand, was produced circa 1983.

Reading the Photograph - Guiding Questions

The composition is dominated by the brilliant white rectangle in the centre of the frame. What do you think caused this affect?

The photographer's own shadow is repeated twice on the side of the building. What has been responsible for this effect?

What kind of business is run in this building?

To what extent does the mood of the photograph reflect / reinforce the nature of the activities that take place in the building?

The image is very symmetrical. What elements in the composition work against this symmetricality? What is the affect of this on the reading of the image?

How would you describe the use of space in this image?

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