We don’t know what it is about twins, but they never fail to fascinate. Indeed, photo projects based on twins are nothing new, but we couldn’t help but fall for French photographer Julie de Waroquier’s Twins Project when we spotted it over at PetaPixel. De Waroquier’s subjects look like characters pulled from fairy tales, bathed in dreamy light and tentative half-smiles, both at ease and slightly strange in their pairs. Click through to see some of our favorites from the series, and then be sure to head on over to de Waroquier’s website to check out the entire set. … Read More
Twins are a fascinating anomaly, imbued with a striking eeriness thanks to horror cinema and fabled tales of destructive doppelgangers. Photographer Tereza Vlčková is similarly drawn to the beautiful strangeness of twins, as evident in her photo series, Two. The ethereal images of twin sisters set in the forests of the Czech Republic are reminiscent of ghostly film stills (Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, for one), while other photographs recall ancient fairy tales and mythological woodland creatures. The setting and all-female subjects conjure powerful girlhood themes of puberty, innocence, and more — similar to tales like Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White. Visit Vlčková’s otherworldly photos in our gallery below. … Read More
Dear Popular Culture,
Look, I realize this kind of thing is usually done face-to-face, and the “open letter” is, by definition, a rather impersonal medium for communication. Whenever you dramatize this kind of thing, it’s always in a small room, a select group of friends and family, all present to insist that we’re only doing this because we care. But there’s a lot of you to track down at once, and the written words is our medium of choice here at Flavorwire, so this is just going to have to do. We’re staging an intervention, popular culture. We’re worried about your addiction to the past. … Read More
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. … Read More
Thanks to a childhood filled with repeated viewings of The Parent Trap and more copies of the Sweet Valley High books than we care to own up to, we’ve always been obsessed twins. That’s why we were so excited to come across Maria Zarazua’s work over PetaPixel; the Spanish photographer’s Parte de ti (“Part of you”) series captures pairs of identical twins and seeks to highlight the subtle differences between them that are there, but often overlooked.
“I’m interested by the small worlds of two different human beings that look like one — as if one was was the other one’s reflection — not only because of their looks but the relationship that ties them together,” Zarazua writes. “This project is some sort of alteration of Narcissus’s myth, the twin as a mirror (deforming/deformed) of oneself where you partially recognize yourself and you don’t completely end up liking what you see.” Click through to check out the images, and let us know what you think of the concept in the comments. … Read More