Back then, there wasn’t Facebook to stalk ex’s, dating social apps to meet random people, platforms to talk to people across the world, and the like. Technology and culture has influenced the concept of romance.
The New York Times has a Modern Love column, a series of hilarious, sad, strange and happy stories of people chasing or finding love. In an article called ‘How We Write About Love‘, I found this to be true- that while women think their ideal relationship is in the future, men romanticize the past.
“A woman is more likely to believe her romantic ideal awaits somewhere in the future, where her long-held fantasy becomes a flesh-and-blood reality.
A man’s romantic ideal typically exists somewhere in the past in the form of an actual person he loved but let go of, or who got away. And he keeps going back to her in his mind, and probably also on Facebook and Instagram, thinking, “What if?”
In their multimedia section, there’s a video called ‘Breaching The Seawall’
Sweet and fleeting; it’s a story of a Filipino-American in the Philippines finding love on a visit unexpectedly. Two things that stood out for me. First, is the prose itself, wherein, the writer of the article -‘In Manila, Two Seasons, No Regrets’- where the video is based on takes a conversational-like approach to telling the story, like it was just a story I was hearing from a friend. That was lovely, and a smart/reminds-me-of-Serial approach.
Second is how the story was told in illustration on the video. I love the metaphoric implication of the bicycle and her heart. Khumo Sebambo said it nicely in Design Indaba:
“..the characters have no faces. Instead, squares and cubes represent Fantauzzo, and circles and cylinders represent the woman with whom she falls in love.
The blue and orange colour palette creates a surprisingly effective contrast. The geometric shapes and angular figures are key to Wells’ contemporary animation style – one that handles a challenging narrative in inventive ways: tears are illustrated with a cascading waterfall; the shapes interlocking into one another like toy blocks represent intimacy.”
Though they’re two different mediums, the ending in both video and text were poignant, and even sounds like a nice ending for a short film.