People always interact with each other. No matter where or when, we try to communicate with someone. Communication can be physical contact, verbal, written, or using images. This gallery aims to show movement, human interaction, and social life in cities from different cultures and different time periods. 

This art piece, painted by Ditlev Blunk in 1837, is called “Danish artists at the Osteria La Gensola in Rome”. In the painting, men and women are separated and children are playing on the ground with animals. It is a good example of 1837’s social life in Rome. The painting has a broad lighting value between the background and foreground. The way people socialize causes the movement in the painting.
Visual materials are great sources in order to form an idea about a time period. This painting shows us how people spent their Sunday afternoons in France by the Grande Jatte River around 1880s. It has a dynamic value of lights, from shady areas to well lit areas. Men and women are mixed together which shows us how men and women relationships were back in the 1880s.
Dance parties and balls were very popular in the early 1900s, especially in Europe. In this art piece we can see people leaving a ball. The man on the stairs, due to his movement, is the focal point of this painting. He is taking a step forward, drawing the viewer’s eyes to him.
This photo is called “Istanbul’da bir kahvehane” which means “a coffee shop in Istanbul” in Turkish. This photo shows us a group of men smoking hookah and playing backgammon at a small coffee shop/café. Even back in the day, cafés were popular for people to socialize and spend time. The only major difference from today was that men were dominant, as seen in the photo. From the clothing of the people we can understand that it’s from the dissolution period of Ottoman Empire or the early days of Republic of Turkey. This piece is a great example of movement and city life from the old days. The whole situation of the people in the photo creates movement.
This photo shows a native Cuban in front of a kiosk. From the Coca-Cola sign at the top left corner we can understand that the photo must have been taken before the embargo in the 1960s. Also the black and white photo gives us clues about the time period. The man in the picture is bigger than any of the other elements of the photo and he is in the center, making him the focal point. In the background we can see a child flipping the newspaper’s pages, which provides movement in the photo.
The painting “Beale Street Blues” was painted by Palmer C. Bayden in 1943. Beale Street is a street in Memphis, Tennessee. And is well known for its nightlife. The painting shows us a section from a club on Beale Street. The focal point of the painting is the dancing couple. Their dance gives movement to the painting. From the lighting of the painting we can understand that it’s not nighttime yet and it is a great example of how social life goes on throughout the day.
New York is one of the most popular cities in the world. It is a big metropolitan city but from this photo we can see that it also had a traditional life style back in the 1940s. In the photo there are two ladies. One of them is pregnant and the other one is carrying two bottles of milk. It looks like she bought milk from the milk truck in the background. She is the focal point of this photo because she is in the center and her walking steps are creating movement in this photo.
In this photo we see a man playing soccer as a goalkeeper. Sport activities are considered part of a social life style and Copacabana beach is a well-known beach in the hearth of Rio de Janerio. This photo has mostly light values, from that we can understand that it’s a sunny day. The movement comes with the flying goalkeeper and the moving ball.
Nowadays music festivals are a big part of our society. This photo is from Malta Festival in Poznan, Poland. The photo has intense colors on the red-blue scale. The image has a couple of different focal points—the stage, the building on the left, and the tower behind it. The reason they are focal points is because of the contrast and light values. They have different colors and light values when compared to the audience, which brings these objects to foreground.
This art piece shows how we can become lonely human beings in big, crowded cities. The painting has four men waiting for the subway at the subway station. There is no movement besides the ticking clock. The men are not interacting with each other and that shows the loneliness of the city people. Also the dark colors of the painting emphasize this feeling.
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