The barcode lines of this photo pull our eyes to look vertically. It makes the people look small and rather than viewing them as a horizontal line of people I found myself viewing them individually, up and down, the same way I look at lines on a bar code.
The ray of light peeking through the crack creates a blinding effect on the subject. The light is so bright that it blinds her vision, covering her eyes in the photo. The black and white filter makes the ray of light even more bright.