Ariko Inaoka is a Japanese photographer who has been documenting two Icelandic identical twins girls, Erna and Hrefna, since they were nine years old in 2009. Her intensions for this project is to capture the very precious period of their growth from child to teenager.
Ariko Inaoka first met the Icelandic twins Erna and Hrefna when they were six years old. The Japanese photographer had been studying photography in New York and had come to Iceland to work on a water and landscape project. She also did a fashion shoot, to earn some money, where the twins were modelling.
The images of the twins stayed with her, as she was drawn to their uncanny similarity of spirit, and the fact that they seemed to grow out of the landscapes she had been photographing. They seemed to her elemental to Iceland in some way. She returned to Reykjavik in 2009 and photographed them again, and the idea for her ongoing project was formed.
Erna and Hrefna, 2009
Erna and Hrefna, 2011
Erna and Hrefna, 2012 – 2013
The girls also enjoys taking part in the creative process; improvising ideas, working things out with each other in advance, all with the support of their filmmaker father.
We highly recommend bookmarking the photographers website, aarriikkoo.com to follow the journey of these remarkable twins in Iceland.