Alvarez Bravo

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002): Cuarto Para Las Doce (A Quarter to Twelve), 1957, gelatin silver print; courtesy Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd.

A man is sitting on a park bench reading a tattered newspaper on a cool Saturday evening. The squirrels are running around gathering their nuts to store before the harsh winter comes, the fall leaves scatter across the ground while the cool breeze hits them, and the children run through the streets playing their games of tag and hopscotch. The man forces a smile as he starts to get up, then falls back on the park bench as if his legs went numb. He cracked his jaw and closed his eyes tightly. The man looked around, embarrassed, and saw a beautiful woman approaching him. She sat down next to the man and introduced herself. He cautiously shook her hand. The woman had told the man she felt as if she had seen him somewhere before. The man’s eyes widened. He calmly told her, “no,” got up, and walked away leaving the newspaper behind. The woman grabbed the outdated paper and began to read it. As she was reading the paper, her attention was brought to an article about a car crash involving a young couple. The man made it out with a cracked jaw but no other major injuries. The woman suffered brain damage causing temporary memory loss. She looked at the picture of the couple and dropped the newspaper from her hands. She recognized her face as well as the man whom she had just sat next to. They were the couple. The woman looked up, saw the man had returned with a single tear falling down his cheek. They stood in silence until she said his name. The man cracked his jaw again, grabbed the woman’s hand as he sat down next to her, and said her name in return.