In this image, the widows reflect the urban hubbub, while a lone individual, seemingly oblivious, plods along.
A lone individual amidst the bustle of an urban environment is a recurrent theme in the history of street photography. It’s a theme that seems to resonate with many people. By that definition, I regard this as a "classic" street photo. When I first snapped it several months ago, I didn’t recognize its theme, but I do now.
A person alone in the city may indeed be a theme in street photography, but how did it gain a foothold? As a meme, by unconscious mimicry? Or is it a visual metaphor for something deeper, a sense of alienation that afflicts modern life?