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It is often seen in the work of London-based street photographer, Alan Schaller. It is a small, human figure set against a built environment of lines or curves. It is usually highlighted by some means—a bright beam, or backlighting (silhouette), or contrast with the background (as here). As an artistic device, it adds scale and provides a focus for the scene. Schaller’s followers now near a million on Instagram. Given this improbably large number, I have to wonder whether this formula taps into something deep among these fans? Feelings of alienation, perhaps, or loneliness, or helplessness? How else explain his  mass following?

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