That's a great photograph Alec...the silhouetted figure is intriguing..the gentleman in question has been captured in such a manner as he could be walking out of the scene, or towards the photographer, or indeed be standing still, looking towards Lauschmann or intently gazing at something in the foreground snow...we just don't know and that's one of the clever things about looking at a photograph you find interesting, sometimes you have to create your own narrative...photos that really spark the imagination!
All the above photographs are be Belgian pictorialist photographer Leonard Misonne, but I certainly will check out Jan Lauschmann's work.
Here's a little atmosphere rather closer home to me..this is a photograph of Nottingham's Old Market Square, commonly referred to as Slab Square nowadays, taken on a foggy and damp evening in 1929, some 90 years ago...
Hey Tourist, have you ever checked out any of Jandek’s record covers? https://tisue.net/jandek/
Reminds me a bit of cover art that John Foxx did for Porcupine Tree ...
A beautiful alien landscape very much on earth. I think of flamingos when I see this.
Edward Hopper, "Sun is an Empty Room", 1963
The opening of Alex Owen, Radio, Television and Records shop, on Carrington Street, Nottingham in 1955.
Back then it was popular to book stars of stage and screen to open higher-end city centre shops and stores and here we can see the wonderful Terry Thomas sat in the left 1st floor window waving to Alex on the right, with the excited crowd down below waiting eagerly to meet their favourite star.....Simply put, a snapshot of gentler, more innocent and nicer times, and this whole way of life and operating in the world has now faded into the ether.
Before the monstrosity that was /is Broad Marsh Centre was constructed around there.
Don't know if you know Dave, but the new/current Broad Marsh 'redevelopment' and the old bus station and carpark redevelopment area nearby continue their negative impact on the great shopping streets nearby, contributing to many quality shops in that area closing down and going out of business and the whole area going downhill..Lack of and difficult access being one of the problems. Streets like Lister Gate, Low Pavement, Bridlesmith Gate, Castle Gate, Stanford Street etc have all been hit and continue to be adversely affected...Last time I was in Nottingham city centre I realised just how much of the quality had been stripped from it, it seemed tired and run down, didn't have the vibrancy or heart and soul it once had..what a pity....pretty much what's happening everywhere.
Talking about Carrington Street, do you remember the wonderful Redmayne and Todd sports shop on the corner of Carrington Street and Canal Street..Well I bet, of course you do!...a wonderful block of Victorian shops that was built 1896-1898 and R&T occupied that large corner section for years, it was the sports retailer in the city..quality!...luckily the wonderful building still survives.
A stunning photograph..perfect timing, 'the decisive moment'...I would like to know who this photographer was and see more of their work...Somewhat reminiscent in style and composition to the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson in the 1930's..he did photograph London in May 1937.