NIGERIA, Igbo-Ora, October 2018.
Twins stand on a little monticule at the end of a celebration day at the Celestial Church on a rainy season afternoon. The identical twin sisters are dressed all in white, bare foot, as the Celestial church proscribes.
Igbo-Ora, the self proclaimed 'Twin Capital of the World' has earned its nickname by the unusually large number of twin births in the region. Research has suggested that the multiple births could be related to the (over)consumption of local crops by the women in the region of Igbo Ora. Although no direct relation between dietary intake and twin births has been proved, a research study carried out by the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital has suggested that a chemical found in Igbo-Ora women and the peelings of a widely consumed tuber (yams) could be causing twins births. Another possible explanation is genetics.
In this images a purple filter is applied (on the flash, not in post production).
To create an aesthetic language that highlights and empowers the belief that twins are “magical” and ‘supernatural’ 2 color filters (purple & red) were used, amplifying the duality of; two individuals, two photographers, two identities; two perceptions colored differently. Colors symbolising contradictory beliefs: purple for the spiritual and heavenly and red for the earthly, danger.