BuzzFeeders are coming down fairly hard on this…

BuzzFeeders are coming down fairly hard on this post, but the second-to-last one — the remake of Edward Hopper’s Automat — is actually kind of brilliant. McDonald’s is the modern day equivalent of the 1920s automat, and the new photo has a poignant quality when juxtaposed with the original painting. I like the symmetry at work here: check out the reflection of the lights in the window and the placement of the chairs. Perhaps this McDonald’s was built on the exact site where that automat once stood. The two young ladies may well be occupying the very same space. These women lived nearly a century apart, but there’s a thread running through human existence which connects them.

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