Laos, like Viet Nam, was once part of France’s overseas empire. The French brought the baguette to Laos, and while its empire is long gone, its bread remains. This picture is a good example of “having your cake and eating it, too” as I indicated in my introduction to this gallery. (I should have said “having your baguette and eating it, too.”) This image offers that “richly layered sense of depth,” I mentioned. By moving closer to exaggerate the scale of the baguettes as my foreground layer subject, I make their textures and rhythms far more detailed. Their stacked vertical placement creates leading lines that draw us into the image. The middle layer remains just as sharp, and features the determined young sandwich maker himself and the fixings he uses to make them. The background layer retains the same level of sharpness and provides context for the market itself. You can see how a sense of depth is implied – the baguettes are larger in size than the boy who runs this stand. And the boy, in turn, is much larger than the people who move through the market behind him. These contrasting scale relationships are the key to suggesting the illusion of depth within a two dimensional image. It is the 24mm wideangle’s control of perspective that allows me to organize this picture in this manner.