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A useless observation: Mark Twain was a bit of a hottie! Moreso than most of the actors I’ve seen portraying him.
The faces of Poverty and Privilege have their wrinkles in different places.
I’m moved by the young German soldier, and his American counterpart, who looks to the same age, in the center of the landing craft. Did the German, earlier, have that look of bravado, and did the horrors of war later reduce the American to tears? And what the hell are children doing fighting wars anyway? Has anyone ever come up with an acceptable answer for that question?
Meanwhile, stepping off my soapbox for a lighter observation – If there’s no water, why do they have to wear swimsuits? Are they waiting for the tailoring students to finish their Tuxedos? Back on the soapbox for a second. This is what pictures of children should look like.
I’m fascinated by how our brains interpret B&W photos as ‘that was a long time ago’ and color photos as ‘that is recent’ – and the dissonance set up by the colorizing of the oldies.
I have a colorized photo of Abraham Lincoln hanging in my den. It’s where I can look at it no matter where I am in the room.
I’m quite haunted by the faces of the 16-year old German ‘soldier’ and the little girl who had been rescued from a concentration camp. He is so utterly lost and distressed and her eyes vividly convey something of the extreme trauma she must have suffered. I’m glad he was evidently arrested by American or British troops. If he’d been taken by the Russians, it probably would have meant years in a gulag. I hope they both subsequently achieved some fulfilment and happiness in their lives.