Women in the garden in Japan, late 19th to early 20th century, via Photographs of Japan Collection, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, The New York Public Library.
The atmosphere of this porch is still and quiet, but I think there’s something urgent about the conversation. The expression of the young woman in pink is serious; the woman across from her has stopped on her way (in or to her own house?) from the grocery store. They all listen intently to the older woman in light blue.
Cushman was an amateur photographer who began documenting his travels in 1938, using expensive, (then) little-used Kodachrome film. He continued taking color pictures for 32 years, ultimately bequeathing 14,500 slides to his alma mater, Indiana University.