Although this is a well-known view of Manchester there is nothing generic about this shot. Light manages to filter through the heavy iron bridges and stone pillars in order to illuminate the cobbled stones beneath and to bounce off the canal’s water, affording a view of a building which would otherwise be obscured.
Light can reveal or conceal so much information from the viewer. Thus, the photographer’s decision about when to take the shot is instrumental to the audience's reading of the final image. There are many ways to relate to a painting that are not through the prism of light. However in photography the principal indicator to understanding the work is the medium of light. Photography isn’t about luck.
A photographer’s understanding of his medium is innate and this photograph in particular demonstrates the impact of a well-considered shot in the hands of a talented photographer.