Thursday, June 21, 2007

Parallel Lives

An elderly woman walks her bicycle down a narrow Alassio street, while a younger woman veers off the street into an adjacent doorway. They are in such close proximity in space and time, but each is oblivious of the other.

"Parallel Lives" can be looked at in several ways, I guess. It's a good metaphor for alienation and depersonalization and such. It could also be a metaphor for pattern and routine and limited consciousness/entrenched thinking, with the way the structures of those doors wall the woman in. And it could be a comment on aging, of course. Or culture. What does it make you think of? Image c Lynda Lehmann.

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  1. Whenever I see an elderly person I always wonder what their lives were. I am in awe of the strength that they have to keep trucking. This is a powerful photo! It captures that...and I love it! Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

  2. Angela, thanks for sharing your thoughts about this photo, and for your enthusiasm and support! Hugs to you....

  3. Great photo Lynda. It makes me wonder why an old woman in a dress would be walking a bike. Is it hers or someone elses? Is she too tired to ride it? Where is she going with it? I fear her dress may get entangled in the spokes. It is obviously a great image because it conjures up so many questions. Good job


  4. Thanks for visiting, Stu, and leaving a comment! I don't know where she's going, but if she can ride a bike at her age, she's in better shape than I'll be!


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