“Attentive viewers may have noticed another dimension to the scene, however. There are several tensions, subtle yet troubling, that can guide reflection. First, there is more to the man, if you will look for it. He is brooding it seems, an attitude that resonates with the long shadows from the late afternoon sun. And that sunlight gilds his face and his hand: the face is taut with interior life, and the gesture and veins of his hand suggest strength and skill. Together they may signify the dignity of labor, and so this photograph can channel the realism and progressive sentiments of genre painting.”
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