Discussion Questions: Michael Light’s Highways 5, 10, 60 and 101 Looking West, L.A. River and Downtown Beyond

Michael Light, Highways 5, 10, 60 and 101 Looking West, L.A. River and Downtown Beyond, plate 12 from Los Angeles 02.12.04, 2004; collection of the Sack Photographic Trust; © Michael Light

  1. Describe the lines and shapes you see in this photograph.
  2. Where was the photographer standing when he took this photograph? What do you see that makes you say that? What is the effect of this point of view?
  3. How would this work change if it was in color instead of black and white?
  4. What are some words that describe the place you see depicted here?
  5. What do you think is the most important part of this photograph? What do you see that makes you say that?

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