Monday, February 13, 2012

on twins

What is up with the photographic fascination with twins? Or just fascination in general. I have always fantasized about what it might be like to have a twin. Maria and I were practically raised by the Olsens, and to be honest, we thought we looked just like them. I remember one time we went to get our hair cut and Maria literally brought the VHS case (ha!) for Our Lips Are Sealed so the stylist, Nata, could make something similar to what Mary Kate was wearing. We also wanted to be Hallie and Annie in The Parent Trap. (It's still my secret life-ambition to be one half of an adorable, super-cool and hilariously mischievous pair.)

seeing two Lindsay Lohans (The Parent Trap 1998)

seeing two Hayley Mills(es?) (The Parent Trap 1961)
via HelloGiggles

This recent article from National Geographic talks about the possibilities for discovery in studying twins' genetic codes, and features some awesome portraits. It even shares a national twin convention in Ohio. NPR recently published this story about photographers' love for twins, and still, stories like this one from Vogue about Mary Kate and Ashley (who are, of course, famously fraternal, not identical) captivate my attention. I think it's so cool that these two have memories that they share in a way that they literally can't always see the lines between each other. What would it be like to have such a strong connection with another separate person? What would it be like to share the womb?

Also noted: This woman isn't Angelina Jolie's identical twin, but she could have fooled me.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
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Tamera (left) and Tia Mowry, on Tia's wedding day (they're now Tamera Mowry-Housley and Tia Mowry Hardrict)
via TractHer TrailHer

Tegan and Sara Quin
via Jack Johnson

Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush
via Composite Drawlings

via Neatorama
The Siamese Twins: Chang and Eng Bunker

via TopTenz
Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss

Joanna Goddard (who is a fraternal twin herself) posted recently about naming identical twins and telling them apart.

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Little Olsens, via Blueberry Lake

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