I started this series about identical twins in 2004. I have twin nephews, and I’ve always been intrigued more by their differences than their similarities, so I decided to make a body of work about the lack of sameness that exists between identical twins. I started by photographing the few sets of twins I knew, and then I asked friends to put me in touch with twins they knew. I took a few road trips, stopping in small towns, asking at the local diner or barbershop if any twins lived nearby.

Many of the twins I photographed claim to be absolutely alike. They choose to wear the same outfits for their sitting, make similar gestures, and complete each other’s sentences. Most are still very connected at older ages. Even so, as I spend time with twins, I get caught up in their differences… the slightly lopsided smile of one, the narrowing of the eyes of the other... the air of self confidence of one, the shyness of the other. While spending time with my subjects, I learn a lot about the struggle for identity, defining one’s uniqueness, and finding one’s own voice.

 

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Identical Twins

I started this series about identical twins in 2004. I have twin nephews, and I’ve always been intrigued more by their differences than their similarities, so I decided to make a body of work about the lack of sameness that exists between identical twins. I started by photographing the few sets of twins I knew, and then I asked friends to put me in touch with twins they knew. I took a few road trips, stopping in small towns, asking at the local diner or barbershop if any twins lived nearby.

Many of the twins I photographed claim to be absolutely alike. They choose to wear the same outfits for their sitting, make similar gestures, and complete each other’s sentences. Most are still very connected at older ages. Even so, as I spend time with twins, I get caught up in their differences… the slightly lopsided smile of one, the narrowing of the eyes of the other... the air of self confidence of one, the shyness of the other. While spending time with my subjects, I learn a lot about the struggle for identity, defining one’s uniqueness, and finding one’s own voice.