This is the work of photographer Ariko Inaoka, who is currently on a journey to illustrate the 'growth from childhood to teenager' by photographing identical twins Erna and Hrefna from age 9 through 16.
Viewing these, I am unconcerned with any meaningful hints of adulthood creeping in in the photos. instead I can't help but focus on the powerful connection between the girls.
I am an identical twin.
Before I began to hoop, my twin status was the primary marker of my identity. Seeing it displayed so well in this work felt like bricks hitting my heart. Being a twin is a connection like no other. It is a closeness that is indescribable to others, yet instantly understood by other identical twins. You had a companion before birth who will always choose you (many times, despite themselves.)
Obviously, I love to display any art that truly resonates with me on this site. But this is the first work that wordlessly captured a large aspect of my identity.