Photographer Peter Zelewski has spent the last couple of years exploring the special world of identical twins, questioning not only the incredible bond between them, but also what makes them different from each other as their unique personalities shine through.

Peter has a passion for street portraiture, and chooses to capture his subjects outdoors in natural light. He captures identical twins from different ages, backgrounds and gender, all found in the diverse and cosmopolitan city of London, where Detroit-born Peter has lived since the 1980’s.

“When I first started the project, it was without a doubt the visual attraction which I found most interesting when taking portraits of twins,” Peter told Huck. “But, as the series progressed, it was the subtle differences that became equally interesting.”

While the twins are deliberately dressed similarly, even affecting similar poses to highlight their togetherness, Peter manages to capture their individuality too, in the subtle differences in expression and mood that they display. “One example is 15-year-old brothers Duke and Joe. Although they are identical twins they couldn’t be more different, both in their physical appearance and personalities. By stripping down the background and photographing the boys in plain t-shirts, I was able to let their different personalities shine through.”

To capture so much in one frame, on top of the stunning aesthetic quality of the photos themselves, is an impressive feat indeed. Peter is exhibiting some of his portraits in an exhibition at the Hoxton Hotel Gallery in Shoreditch, London. For more info, visit thehoxton.com.

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Joe And Duke

Joe And Duke

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Erick Germanotta Damarez
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3 years ago

Eyebrows on fleek.

Liane Fleury
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3 years ago

Not jus eyebrows. Look at those lashes.

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Lilly W.
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3 years ago

This is the only picture that shows how different they are.... FYI, the young person on the left knows exactly who he or she is; no need to feel sorry and hope she "finds happiness" who are we to decide there's no happiness within them already?

Liz Pawsey
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3 years ago

Hmmmm...John Smith...very original name and, with negative 556 points on your profile, I pronounce you TROLL.

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Athena Shey
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3 years ago

Wish my eyebrows were as on point.

marnidarr
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3 years ago

This is one shot in their lives, but I'm in love with the twin on our right. His body language is a subtle extreme of sorts. The defiant but scowling look on his face and the not too tightly clenched hand. I think it means he's established himself as his brother's protector and a bit of daring you to try to make him prove it.

JDawn
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3 years ago

It does look as if one is taller then the other. Unless one has shoes on. I always wondered if identical twins grew at the same rate and if there was a height difference after puberty....

Dana Kessler
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3 years ago

Monozygomatic twins are not as identical as people think since in the womb different genetic traits can be triggered during growth, there are identical, semi identical and mirror identical depending on the split and triggers

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Carrie Wayt
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3 years ago

I have never heard of identical twins being different genders...

Rama Llama
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3 years ago

They aren't, they're of course biologically same gender. Other one just find's herself born into a wrong one. Hopefully she will find peace and happiness in her journey, it's never an easy way even when it's the right one.

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birdhouse
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3 years ago

Brother introduces his identical twin sister?

Ttam Ttocs
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3 years ago

Is the one on the left transgender??

JDawn
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3 years ago

I'm almost sorry I asked. I'm more confused now then before and the subject matter seems to have upset some people. As far as I'm concerned if they're happy that's all that should matter & I'm 100% sure that God doesn't make mistakes. I hope these kids never read this. If it bothers me how some "adult" people reacted I'm quite certain it would bother one of them. As far as the first person who answered my original question...Thank You

Cindy Davenport
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3 years ago

Not commenting on the “gender” issue here. But I will say that I don’t know very many young kids/teens that really “know who they are” at that age. I think society has told them that they have to choose and whatever they might be going through at that particular time shapes their current decision. I think society needs to leave kids alone and let them be kids!

Jane Kolonsky
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3 years ago

That’s quite a “no comment “ on the gender issue. Not that I am disagreeing.

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Annett Nyrud
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3 years ago

Uh ... Really folks. Do you have to be a girl og gay to let your hair get long? I know a lot of men with l8ng hair, few of them gay. And I guess just as many gay men have long hair as short hair, or something in between

Raylene mckenzie
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3 years ago

I think it's the makeup and eyebrows rather than just the hair!!!

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Shawn Wright
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3 years ago

the young one on the left looks like they would become a very pretty young lady...I wish them the best!

Sarah Jarrett
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3 years ago

If you read what the photographer wrote, he does say BROTHERS Joe and Duke =) now stop arguing over something that is photography and meant to be beautiful.

Pamela Metz
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3 years ago

Maybe they are biologically both females? Who knows, who cares. They are adorable.

Jo Bebe
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3 years ago

Two brothers that really do look identical !! even with one dressed like a girl!

Miss MonMon
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3 years ago

One is a drag queen.

Brandi VanSteenwyk
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3 years ago

The honesty here resonates with me. In EVERY male pair of identical twins I have ever known (more than 10 pairs), one has been much more effeminate than the other or straight-out homosexual. In fact, I'm married to the straight one of a pair.

Shane Allon
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2 years ago

same oke

Kim McIntosh-Papo
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2 years ago

Actually disturbing

Karin Morris
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2 years ago

I couldn't care less what his sexuality is, none of you should. They are both very beautiful

Maunty
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3 years ago

makeup on?

Angie Brown
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3 years ago

I love the honesty and individuality of this photo! Stay strong young lady and know your brother will always have your back from the looks of it❤️

Barbara Barnes
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3 years ago

😇😈

Ken Jacob
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3 years ago

Bridge of the nose is wider in the boy.

Natasha Granados
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3 years ago

I love this picture!

Pamela Metz
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3 years ago

Maybe they are both female? Who knows, why does anyone care?

Tracie Southern
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3 years ago

One is obviously wearing makeup, so not so stripped down.

JDawn
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3 years ago

One thing does bother me. As a female...I always get very jealous of the fact that most males have much longer eyelashes then me. Look at him...gorgeous !!

Gayle Bynum Cardosa
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3 years ago

These two boys are Joe and Duke Brooks of London. Their mother is a former Playboy bunny. I think they're pretty used to being photographed. I was curious about them so I looked them up.

Andrey Pokul
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3 years ago

Winners !

rustic raven
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3 years ago

Ilove these two ,they are like night & day an proud of it you go guys ;=]]

Azrael Ariel
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3 years ago

The amazing Pennywise brothers.

Harper
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3 years ago

Interesting..

BarryAllenTheFlash
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3 years ago

I love her hair - wish mine would curl like that

Karen Naylor
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3 years ago

He's a boy.

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Maria K
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3 years ago

Lovely. <3

Rebekah
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3 years ago

I like these two kids. IDK why, but I do.

Mariana Schneider
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3 years ago

What's up with her wrist? Sloppy photoshop?

Nydia Johannessen
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3 years ago

It's his shirt that makes it look edited.

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Ivan Sudakov
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2 years ago

This guy on the left is really kreepy, shoudn't wear make up before he hits 18...

Karin Morris
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2 years ago

He's not wearing makeup.

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Sharie Plewa
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3 years ago

why are the parents allowing such a young child to wear makeup? i dont care if they are trans, but stop making them grow up so fast

Jennifer McBain
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3 years ago

Both are boys 😁

Kevin Robertson
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3 years ago

These boy’s parents have failed miserably.

Tracey Barnett
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3 years ago

If that’s a girl, they are NOT identical. They are Fraternal. Identical twins are girl girl or boy boy.

Shari Watkins
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3 years ago

What a funny-looking girl..

May
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3 years ago

Why is that little boy wearing makeup

MammaG
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3 years ago

He or she feels like it.

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Dan Carter
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3 years ago

Those are some damn ugly kids.

Holly Llama
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3 years ago

I'm sick of seeing little boys in drag/makeup. Everyone acts like this is "brave", etc. It's not. It's warped and so is anyone that doesn't see a problem with it.

Signe Manat Hansen
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2 years ago

I'm sick of you. So there's that.

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Vickie Browning
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3 years ago

One open, one closed-off. Both lovely.

The Famous Junkie
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3 years ago

Well surely the left is a Girl and the right a boy?

Bella
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3 years ago

No, they are both boys, its just that the left boy is finding who he is.

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Anna Salerno
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3 years ago

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Puke!!

Signe Manat Hansen
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2 years ago

Did you accidentally look in a mirror?

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R Ross
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3 years ago

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Well if identical twins can have one that's gay and one straight, then gayness is not genetic, because they have exactly the same genes.

Dana Kessler
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3 years ago

Genetic triggering happens in the womb, just because they have the same genes does not mean that all the same ones were triggered in both monozygomatic births

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La Tessa Dwadiandra
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3 years ago

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Left: after beauty apps Right: before beauty apps

Michael Naretto
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3 years ago

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The one on the left is a girl

Lulik
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3 years ago

Not exactly. The name suggests us that in a physical way it's a boy, but probably with gender identity problem. I hope that he (well, she!) will be strong enough to deal with this the future. On the photo, we can see that those siblings love each other, so I suppose that brother will help her to get trough this

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Cyndy De Camp
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3 years ago

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They are identical, gender, color, size, but, at least you can tell them apart. The botox.

Sky
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3 years ago

Do you have any clue what you're blabbering about?

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Chloe And Leah

Chloe And Leah

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Daniel Losinger
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3 years ago

Didn't I see them in The Shining?

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Aveah And Anaiah

Aveah And Anaiah

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earringnut
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3 years ago

there faces are so different. they are both cuties tho.

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Reggie And Mickie

Reggie And Mickie

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Lydia Baba
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3 years ago

so cute

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#5

Delilah And Tullulah

Delilah And Tullulah

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Justine Nicole
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3 years ago

None of these twins but the first 2 look different at all I thought they were the highlighting "differences"

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Tomo And Lorenzo

Tomo And Lorenzo

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Alib
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3 years ago

Handsome models in the making

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Ronja And Vår

Ronja And Vår

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earringnut
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3 years ago

they both look great but the one on the left is owning it.

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#8

Cristian And George

Cristian And George

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Charlotte Brine
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3 years ago

Ooo hello

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#9

Kira And Taya

Kira And Taya

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Luis Sanchez
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3 years ago

Are these the sprouse twins?

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#10

Devontay And Dijon

Devontay And Dijon

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The Famous Junkie
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3 years ago

Hello!!! They are sooooo hot!

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Yasmin And Leylah

Yasmin And Leylah

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Rebekah
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3 years ago

And now I want me some sparkly shoes.

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Hermon And Heroda

Hermon And Heroda

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Alia G.
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3 years ago

Their hair and dresses remind me of the music artist “Jain”. Beautiful!

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Irene And Sharon

Irene And Sharon

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Mitzi Rodriguez
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3 years ago

GORGEOUS GIRLS, LOVE THE SPARKLE T-SHIRTS

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Jerome And Joel

Jerome And Joel

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Alib
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3 years ago

Nice eyes, sweet smiles

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Polly And Sophie

Polly And Sophie

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Mhiller17
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3 years ago

this ones cute because they both got the same tattoos and dyed and styled their hair the same way :)

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Orla And Clara

Orla And Clara

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Magduśka
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3 years ago

Lets say this - Orla uses her jacket more often :)

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Sharmeena And Ridhwana

Sharmeena And Ridhwana

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Keri Burns
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3 years ago

beautiful!

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Violeta And Irina

Violeta And Irina

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June Dominguez
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3 years ago

Very pretty!

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Rebecca And Edwina

Rebecca And Edwina

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BarryAllenTheFlash
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3 years ago

Those eyes are gorgeous! I love the way the snow in the background kind of sets everything off! It makes the blue in their eyes, and the subtle differences in them stand out!

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Callum And Max

Callum And Max

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Lydia Baba
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3 years ago

Can see the mischief in their eyes... hahaaha

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Chè And Leonie

Chè And Leonie

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Emma Knappe
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3 years ago

They are so pretty. I'd like to see them without makeup

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Katerina And Maria

Katerina And Maria

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Dat.One_guy
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3 years ago

Why do they all look so mad lol?

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Karim And Amine

Karim And Amine

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June Dominguez
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3 years ago

Nice looking boys, will be handsome men, one day for sure!

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Bill And Toby

Bill And Toby

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Mhiller17
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3 years ago

so many red headed twins!

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Julia And Sophie

Julia And Sophie

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Lili Képes
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3 years ago

Stanley Kubrick would hire them right away.

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Katherine And Claire

Katherine And Claire

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Mary Pat Mitchell
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3 years ago

i love that their parts are on opposite sides of their heads.. for some reason these two are my favorites. I could look at the subtle differences for hours.

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Clinton And Lee

Clinton And Lee

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earringnut
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3 years ago

they both look good but the one on the the right has an amazing jaw line.

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