THE TWO OF US
A Photo Project

by Florence W Deems
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Just the two of us. Quite often in my meanderings I come across two humans, two animals, two plants, two insects - and have had fun watching their interactions with each other. Quite often these twosomes are interested in only themselves and tend to ignore the world around them. Following are some of my favorite images showing just "the two of us." Click on the images to see a larger size.

I'll start with this diptych. This elderly couple proved most interesting to me, as everywhere they went, the woman always followed the man, even mirroring quite closely his style of walking and his stance. He always did the talking; she always did the listening. While she listened to his pronouncements about what they were observing, did she have her own thoughts, feeling and ideas? This had me wondering about their relationship. I deduced that they must have been together for many years. Or else she would not have adopted his mannerisms so successfully. I wondered why she has seemed to not be expressing her own individuality, but merely reflecting his. Is he the "Ich bin der Papa" type and she has chosen over the years to go along with that?

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Married Mirrors

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This next couple were newlyweds. They noticed my camera and asked me to take their picture. They were so happy together as they sat on that bench and took in the sights. They also shared their feelings about what they were seeing with each other. And they did interact with the world around them. I wonder now whether their relationship will continue to be one of sharing. Or will the less dominant one give in to the will of the more dominant one? In this case, as in the above, the man was dominant. But he considered his wife's opinions and feelings, too.

Newly Weds

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This next couple were wrapped up in their dog couple. He had the male while she held the female. They sat for quite a while, allowing people to take pictures and answering questions.

2 Humans, 2 Dogs

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Although this couple looks real, they are part of a life like sculpture by J. Seward Johnson, called "Sailing the Seine," after Edouard Manet's painting "Argenteuil." According to Johnson, the sailor is trying to convince the woman to go sailing with him. There should be two sailing boats with sails furled floating in the water behind the two figures. But since this was autumn, the boats had been moved inside for protection. This allowed me to capture the reflection, too.

Sailing the Seine
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Every summer The Grounds for Sculpture holds a summer faire. In various parts of the grounds are activities complete with their own music gently broadcast. I watched this couple come along, look around and then he whispered in her ear. They started dancing to the music and totally ignored the rest of the people around them. They were still dancing when I got tired of watching and left.

Dancing at the Gazebo
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