When the Subject was Not Human

CVA 586-4770 - Home of Mrs. C.J. McIntosh - 470 West 17th [Avenue] 1946 Don Coltman photo

CVA 586-4770 – Home of Mrs. C.J. McIntosh – 470 West 17th [Avenue] 1946 Don Coltman photo

Although one might be tempted to identify the humans in this photograph as the principal subjects, I don’t think that is the case. It seems more likely to me that the prime subject of this image is the huge living room window letting in a lot of sunlight – atypically for Vancouver! The ladies are not posed to show off their faces nor for comfortable conversation. They appear, rather, to have been positioned to prevent their shadows from unduly messing with the incoming light. I think I would have liked this image better if it had consisted of just the lady on the left (see my cropped version below). It would be a little less awkward and almost arty!

Cropped version of CVA 586-477.

Cropped version of CVA 586-477.

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