The tonal range of this photograph is one of the most beautiful I have seen in a long time. The soft quality of the light, the hazy background and the overcast sky, make the atmosphere of the image strangely surreal. The placement of the figures, the eye contact of the two largest and the gesture of the child are really the subject of the photo. The shot is balanced by the figure facing away in the middle ground. Even though the tallest man was notably dogged, the effect is not glaringly painful. All in all, I think this picture is a true mastery of art.