Strangely, Maris, this presents to me a may decades later sequel to Gene Smith's "Walk To Paradse Garden", all grown up. It is the bond between the two figures who seem extremely content with having become one figure. I see a shared trust and commitment very much to the fore here rather than any suggestion of nefarious misadventure.
"Photography was not a bastard left by science on the doorstep of art, but a legitimate child of the Western pictorial tradition." —Robert Galassi