When identical twins are born, they look like they will grow up to be the same person. They literally have the same face, the same body. Even their parents may need assistance in identifying who is who when they are just children. Even though twins start life looking like the other person, inside each of them is a very different soul. (Even a twin’s genetic makeup is completely unique and not an exact match to their counterpart’s.)
Photographer Gao Rongguo created a photo series that focuses on how life changes each of us. He studied twins that grew up where he did, the Shandong province of China. He took pictures of identical twins and placed them side-by-side, to make it look as if the twins were facing each other. He wanted to allow others to reflect on the differences that life, learning and experience can have on us all, but is especially apparent in identical twins.
None of us will have the same experiences in life. Many of us will have a tough row to hoe, while others may be blessed with an easier path. We will all suffer disappointments and celebrate triumphs. All of these experiences will have a different effect, but the most important thing to realize is that they will change us.
It’s just up to us how much it changes us. Gao’s work is wonderful, share his photo series by clicking on the button below.