Sabrina (1954) dir. Billy Wilder
It is late at night and someone across the way is playing La Vie en Rose. It is the French way of saying, ‘I am looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses and it says everything I feel. I have learned how to live, how to be in the world and of the world, and not just to stand aside and watch. And I will never, never again run away from life, or from love, either.
The images pieced together in the news — of corruption, poverty, violence and crime — are grim, but they don’t capture the full, textured reality of life in Mexico. As there are approximately 33.7 million Mexican-Americans living in the United States today, it is worth thinking more about what the country looks like beyond the headlines.
The Hesitant Betrothed by Auguste Toulmouche (1866)
I have always adored this painting. Having the central female figure stare with awareness at her viewer is a very powerful move, and something not often given to women in paintings. It creates an engagement with the viewer, she sees you and she knows you are watching her. She is no longer an object in an image, she is a person.
A long exposure reveals cannonballs’ paths in a battle reenactment near Charleston, South Carolina, April 1961.Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie, National Geographic Creative