The Art of Persuasion
By Trudy A. Martinez
The disarrangement of layers of garments of what appears to be this man’s entire wardrobe encourages a perception of a hastened escape. The unevenly buttoned overcoat adds emphasis, ringing out a concurring sense of hurriedness. But regardless of what his dress hints at, the sign next to him has conquered his will to continue accordingly.
As a result, the uniqueness of the moment renders the words, Time to Relax, triumphant. This is demonstrated by the man’s huddled posture resting on the bench while his hand clinches a plastic bag that is resting on the ground. The position of the man and the bag, in addition to the caption (Time to Relax), suggest the Art of Persuasion has been fulfilled.