Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Duet





For the last 20 or so years, a dear group of friends has gathered before Christmas at the home of Johnny and Ginny Wood.  Now that all of our kids are grown, the circle has widened to include the grandchildren, whose numbers are increasing at an alarmingly delightful rate!  The Wood's player piano is a huge draw. Sometimes we sing along and  everyone has turn on the bench with Johnny pretending to play.  Sunday night was another special evening celebrating the season and just enjoying being together.  I caught Johnny and our Davis in the living room "playing" a special duet. Since I have this fascination for photographing hands, I couldn't let the moment pass.  This photograph touches my heart in many ways.

The Tune du Jour is "The First Noel" by my friend Michael Dulin

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27 comments:

Per Stromsjo said...

Let's all hope for an alarmingly delightful holiday season then. In different ways.

Babzy said...

Very beautiful black and white shot full of sens ...

Olivier said...

cette photo de ce jeux a quatre mains, est magnifique

Julie said...

Wonderfully intergenerational, Virginia. Superb ambience ...

Bibi said...

This photo is definitely worth a couple of thousand words at least! All the best to you from Bibi here in Athens, where's she's attending her son's MBA graduation tonight.

angela said...

What an evocative image. It would touch my heart too.

Jilly said...

How absolutely delightful. Older and young hands on a piano.

Coincidentally, Virginia, I too used a black and white photo today and also featuring a child's hands - and something else...

JM said...

Just beautiful!!!

Rambling Round said...

A beautiful contrast of hands and what a nice neighborly event!

babooshka said...

It is evocative. No smart ass comments to drive me to the sin bin today. No it's such a delicate, fragile image that I fear I would break it's spell. Magical.

D.C. Confidential said...

What a lovely, lovely photo.

tr3nta said...

Beautiful B&W photo... I love the contrast between hands... a metaphor to time (or how it passes by)

Blognote said...

This is delightful!!
Also supported so well by Michael!

Snapper said...

You're really hit a home run today Virginia. Knocked it clean out of the park!

PJ said...

Your grandchildren are such a treat, Virginia. One day they'll see these photos and be so thrilled that you chronicled their growing up years.

marley said...

That is a fantastic photo! The comparison between the hands, young and old, is brilliant. Good job you have a hand fetish!

Therese said...

Very touching Virginia. I can easily feel your emotion when you look at this picture.
A hint: it's round and metallic... you have a head start on the English speaking... and quite easy to spot.

Marie-Noyale said...

J'adore!!
Hands reveal so much about their owners...

Bob Crowe said...

I'm really sorry I didn't get back to you on your email about this. Way too much input and not enough processing power. The faster I go the behinder I get.

So, setting aside excuses, this is a wonderful study in contrasts. Maybe also a metaphor of our trajectory through life. I might crop it even more, pull in the square from the lower left corner, more hands and keys and less shirts.

Virginia said...

I bow to you my mentor and friend, Bob Crowe. I always appreciate your thoughtful advice and it is unfailingly correct. Oh that we lived closer and I could bug you on a daily basis. Come to think of it, I can do that through email at your office every day right??? BTW, I got some photos today so maybe I can quit hawking my grandkids for a few days-ha

PS, I am going to do a first, crop and repost. See how you like it!

Ken Mac said...

Frame this gorgeous photo. One of your best, This is a classic! And Bob might be a pro, but I wouldn't touch this. It's perfect.

Mister Earl said...

Virginia - I was just wondering... Is there a Santa Claus?

Tash said...

Delightful - I just love the dimples on Davis' hands.

alice said...

Wow. Don't you think this one is perfect? What could you want more?
A little think: am I the first to tell you Davis looks like you?

Virginia said...

Well actually I recropped and I am going with Bob on this one. I think the sleeves were distracting.

Alice, thank you but we don't know who he looks like except the work "cherub" has been used a lot.

Also, my friend Johnny wants me to point out that he was not asked to sign a model release form for the use of his hands to be sent around the world!! I gave him my lawyer's name.....Bob Crowe!!HA

And Mister Earl, why yes Virginia........

rob said...

This photo is a delight form my eyes! Thanks!

Just M said...

So Precious!