Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Where did the pirate get his golden statue?

At the Oscarrrrs!

This is my favorite photo from this year's Academy Awards:

The New York Times, February 26, 2007

It has a touch of Cinderella to it, the way everyone is standing just a bit apart from Penélope, as if the force of her beauty is keeping them at arm's length. The divide between the world of the crowd and the world of Penélope and the photographers is is more than one of space: it's one of light, color, time (the hustle and bustle of the stampete versus her statuesque image), and chronology (looks like she belongs in the glory days of Hollywood). The framing of the picture, with the enormous Oscar looking massively and impassively away from the scene, seems ominous to me--not regal, as I think it was meant to.

1 comment:

Ted said...

Thanks for the excellent comment. It took me some time to respond to you, so I obviously understand. Hopefully this will reach you before too long.

I've kind of shoved graduate school in the backseat recently, mostly as I became intimidated by the application process and what would be required of me to get a job. It's strange: I'm sure I'd be a good student, and am not adverse to working very hard -- but yet I'm still intimidated. Do you find the job prospects worrisome? All I've read really turns me away from applying and going through with it.

I'd love to hear more about your application process and how things are going now that you're in. If you'd rather write through email, there's a link to that purpose on my blog.