If Mr. Stamos had known the question was coming, he might have ventured a more educated guess. With her machete, Ms. Olsen could have been maintaining a trail, chopping compost, harvesting crops, hunting, splitting fruit or nuts, making traps and snares, butchering meat or clearing brush.
“I suspect this is an inexpensive machete commonly found in a big box retailer intended for light use to get ‘nuisance brush’ out of your way while on a leisurely stroll,” a representative from MacheteSpecialists.com named Jamie wrote in an email. “Seems appropriate for AO’s purposes (again, based on the picture).” Ms. Olsen’s representatives declined to provide any details about the photograph.
Though the ephemerality of an Instagram story suggests a certain casualness, the photo’s composition belies a professional and intentional artistry. Mr. Eisner, the man behind the lens is, after all, the son of Lisa Eisner, a well-known jeweler, photographer and stylist. He is also an artist in his own right.
There is tension in the shot between the ease signaled by Ms. Olsen’s backward cap and the aggression telegraphed through the dangling machete. Her posture and foot placement are both relaxed — hips slightly forward, shoulders down — and determined — one foot forward, stride confident.
And then there’s the vibe-defining drink Ms. Olsen clutches (in a glass! in the woods!). Is it kombucha? Beer? Do the Olsen twins even drink beer?
Spending more time with the photo only sparks further questions. Is Ms. Olsen having fun, or is she taking charge because no one else will? Will she save the world or destroy it?
And most importantly: How does she keep her pants so clean?