During the 1930s, Paul Strand embarked on an intense period of filmmaking. This image of a barn in southern Quebec is one example of the way in which his still photographs from the period reflect his work in motion pictures.
A weathered fence stands immediately in the foreground, and in the distance, a white barn sits on the horizon. The darkened walls of nearby structures draw the eye toward the open space in the background, providing an almost telescopic effect. The deliberate juxtaposition of the foreground and background views shows the influence of cinema with its potential for interplay between near and far.