photograph of an ordinary street at night (Credit: Celia Her City)

What accounts for the appeal of a particular picture?  I like this one because of the different colors and sources of light and the many textures; the way the smooth metal lamppost accents the irregularity of the illuminated tree.  Above all, this picture captures something of what it’s like to be on an ordinary Chicago street at night, with its heterogeneous and inharmonious sights.  Even the slightly skewed perspective is in keeping with what I actually perceive.

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