The fact that each person is looking
in different directions makes this claustrophobic street, packed with
people and vehicles, even more menacing. As viewers, we naturally follow
the gazes of the people in picture as they criss-cross through the scene.
The cloaked woman moving toward us in the center of the picture is the
only person looking at us, with only one eye.
In order to make this picture, Peress had to be able to see it happening
as the figures moved into these positions, get his camera up and on the
right settings, and choose the precise split-second to snap the picture.
In much of Peress work choosing the right picture really means choosing
the right moment to take the picture.