My twin project, Double Identity, was featured by BBC News yesterday. You can read all about it here and I’ve pasted a snippet below. I was pleased to receive a lot of emails from twins keen to take part, but also from interested people from all over the world who just wanted to share their thoughts on the series, or tell me about their own families – usually other twins! It was great to hear from each and every one of them and I’m gradually getting round to replying…
I was thrilled to be asked by singer/songwriter Natasha Haws to shoot the cover of her EP, which features the rather beautiful song Stepping Stone. The shoot happened on a typically cold and windy day in South Shields but we still got some great shots.
My ongoing twins series, entitled Double Identity, has just gone live on my website. I’m still looking for more identical twins of all ages to take part so please do get in touch if you are one/know one (or two)! I’ve posted one of the final images below, along with an outline of my series. You can see more photographs here.
Identical twins endure a particular struggle with identity. Their search for self is dominated by their twin status – an intense bond defined by conflict, companionship, love, competition, sharing and separation.
As well as their own separate identity, twins also share a distinct identity AS a twin. Essentially, they have double identities — as individuals and as an identical pair
My project aims to avoid direct physical comparisons between twins while allowing the viewer to acknowledge and accept the twins’ similarities and differences. For the twin, it gives them a different perspective on their double identities and poses questions about their relationship as well as their desire – or lack of desire – to be an individual, and live completely separate lives.
I was lucky enough to work with the stupidly talented singer-songwriter Natasha Haws earlier this month. It was a freezing cold Valentine’s Day in South Shields and I was worried about the poor lass shivering to death, but buckets of tea were consumed to keep warm and we survived with all of our fingers and toes intact. Here’s a sneak peek from the shoot…