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It's all about the hands - twins re-connect

December 11, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Recently I had the opportunity to photograph two sets of elderly twins and one half of a third set. These folks were meeting on a street in Beverly where they all grew up. We were doing a story on how five sets of twins lived on this street at one time back in the fifties. I brought my Leica along to photograph them as they talked about old times. I used the 35mm Summicron and shot wide open at f2 for the gorgeous background it gives. You know that Leica look. I also shot with the Canon 5D Mk3 and the 24-70 for my usual news images but I was looking for something different with the Leica. One thing I noticed right away was that the women were all talking with their hands. So I keyed in on this right away and tried to get that one unusual shot. Interestingly enough I mostly used the Leica shots of them talking. The one shot that ran on Page 1 was made with the Canon as it was a group shot made at 24mm showing the street. Here is the one image I really like.

Hand communicationTalking with handsTwins using their hands to talk. There was plenty of verbal conversation but the hands were always being used to emphasize a point.

Two more that really show off the Leica's cool DOF.

Twins meet againTwins meet againEllen (Sheehy) Marchand talks about the old days on Dearborn St. as her sister Johana (Sheehy) Fessenden, right, listens. Will Rogers, left, and Linda (DiStefano) Coyne also listen to the conversation. Wicked Local Staff Photo / Kirk R. Williamson

Getting a chuckleGetting a chuckleEllen (Sheehy) Marchand talks about the old days on Dearborn St. as Will Rogers, left, breaks up in laughter while talking about the old days during the early 50's on Dearborn St. in Beverly. Wicked Local Staff Photo / Kirk R. Williamson


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