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.