Meet Spencer. Back in kindergarten he was so nervous about getting his school picture taken that he asked his identical twin brother, Skyler, to don his shirt and pose for the image instead. The “tell” that tipped off their mom when she later saw the proofs? A mosquito bite on Skyler’s forehead.
That’s just one of the fascinating back stories unearthed by award-winning photographer Martin Schoeller, who ventured to Twinsburg, Ohio’s aptly-named annual “Twins Days Festival” to shoot a series of intimate portraits for a feature in National Geographic Magazine. While on first glace his images highlight the physical similarities between the pairs, upon closer inspection, they also reveal the subtle differences that exist — pierced ears, a deeper part in the hair, a slightly fuller face. Click through now to start seeing almost double, and head over to National Geographic’s website to learn more about each of Schoeller’s twin subjects.