This photograph Central Park Bench, New York City, USA, 2000 was taken by Michael Kenna. The image captures the simplicity of our very own New York City Central Park Bench. Although there are no people in this photo there is a sense of loneliness being produced here. The photographer managed to covey a feeling of emptiness on a somber night. Its interesting to see New York city in this kind of manner , usually when you think of New York your more likely to envision the bright lights or the excitement our streets have to offer. Most tourist come here for the beauty of New York City and forget that the scenery created in this photo exist. This gloomy park bench could be home to a homeless family just as well as it could be a romantic rest stop for a couple. This picture can be viewed differently by someone else , but to me it captures the natural beauty of New York City.
The overall composition of the photo would be identified as low key. Using the spectrum of the gray scale Michal Kenna was able to create an emotional impact of sorrow. This image uses a selective focus. By using this depth of field ,the photographer was able to bring attention to the main subject as the park bench. Even though the main focus is the park bench, the soft images in the background also add to the importance of the bench. The tree in this photo shapes our focus on the bench , this can also be called a frame. The picture appears to be taking from a lower level angle. It’s almost as though Michael Kenna was stooping down a little towards the right to capture this specific image of the park bench. The light seems to be casting in through the trees from the far right.
When looking at this photo of a park bench, I tend to think it looks more like a spot for a homeless person than a romantic interlude. So the question is why? The bench itself could be used for either. I think the answer lies in the angle of view which as you state is a low angle and the strong perspective created by the converging lines of the bench.