The picture that caught my attention the most was: View of Nieuwe Gracht near the Bolwerk, Haarlem, by Wybrand Hendriks. As seen this painting depicts the early canals of Niewue Gracht and the overall habit at the time, the second picture I included shows what Niewue Gracht looks like today. I believe this painter did a good job of implementing perspective into this picture, and the longer I spend looking at it from different angles the more new things I see. The first thing I noticed was the long canoe wadding in the water with a pile of hay on top, while a man is tying it to a post. Then looking directly above I noticed what almost looks like a meadow of hay, where a flock of chickens are walking and another man is raking the hay. Behind that is a woman about to cross a bridge, and then following the bridge all the way across I noticed a person knelling inside of what appears to be a door frame to a decomposing home. Similar to the Interior of the Church of St. Bavo in Haarlem, this painting uses a wide shot which opens up the picture to the viewer and gives them a good point of perspective. Thus as Van Hoogstraten states, “perspective, he asserts, is indispensable to the painter, whose task it is to present nature not as it is, but as art appears to the eye,” which is what Hendriks is doing using a wide shot. I also noticed Hendriks used frames to draw attention to some of the more subtle details within the painting. For example, the door where the man is knelling in the back left corner. Once again Hoogstraten said he used this technique to peak the curiosity of those who view his images and this maintain active viewing. As I look at this in real time the meaning that I draw from this is Hendriks wanted to get a snapshot of society. Not nessicerally a special day or celebration, but rather just a normal day and a moment of time which people from like us could look back on. This is the reason why I decided to add the second picture of current day society because I find the comparison humbling by admiring how much change can happen in a relativity short period of time.