There are countless examples of the language of love in photographic collections held by CSWR. In many of these photographs, one wonders whether the photographer with a camera is part of the conversation.
The sentiment certainly seems to be, but its manifestations can vary greatly. Some couples seem to speak their own language of love. We might see signs of affection and joy, or in other instances, deliberation and even boredom in facial expressions and body language. Sometimes, too, this expression may be exaggerated for the photographer, or even edited and framed by the photographer.
Can you tell when sentiment is genuine?
Nancy Wood (1936 – 2013), a writer and photographer for whom Taos was a frequent subject, photographed the Marcus family on a number of occasions. Here we see a charming sequence that seems to capture Josephine and Frank, and their real affection and engaging comfort with each other (or are they comfortable with Nancy Wood and performing for her?)