I wasn't really examining the image as thoroughly as you've outlined. I was making a blanket statement about what I've come to know of Steve's portraits in past discussions and views of his portrait gallery. But you're right about the tension in how the two women have set their pose according to how they're positioned or posed together on what looks like a hardwood floor. The one on the right seems to have adjusted them self for a more comfortable position. Every time I revisit Steve's portraits after years away I come up with more refined descriptions of the magic I see in them. Before I posted I made a list of what it is about his portraits that are so oddly striking. Here's a few... Steve's portraits... ...have the subject looking at YOU, not the other way around. ...deceptively look like the picture that came with the frame where the subject's eyes appear to follow you around the room only because they care about you. ...makes you want to sell all your belongings and join whatever commune that makes his subjects look at you that way. ...have a gaze you'ld imagined from those greeting you at the Pearly Gates.