Mexican cinema, through its desire for artifice, does not merely reproduce reality but rather, in using artificial forms of construction, creates a reality which it uses to seduce the general public, teaching the latter to look at itself and recognize itself. Gabriel Figueroa has the eyes of an intruder into paradise in this shot which he took with his camera among the canals of Xochimilco for the film María Candelaria. The beauty which the photographer has managed to capture is no doubt true to life, but Figueroa heightens it to give the observer the freedom to reflect upon it.
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