Caught Our Eyes: A Well Framed Porch


Manville, New Jersey, showing series of identical houses. Photo by Carl Mydans, 1936


Source: Library of Congress
By Barbara Orbach Natanson

Reference specialist Jan Grenci pointed out this photo, which Farm Security Administration photographer Carl Mydans took in February 1936.

Although February is not a month when people in the mid-Atlantic region generally get to enjoy their porches (as we can testify), Jan noted Carl Mydans’ keen eye for a photographic opportunity:

Notice the way the porches frame each other, seemingly to infinity. I also like the way the porch lights line up to direct your eye through the photo. Carl Mydans sure knew how to frame an image!

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