Erna and Hrefna by Inaoka
- Maria Passarivaki
Ariko Inaoka is a Japanese photographer who has been documenting the story of two sisters growing up in Iceland; their first loves, lies and secrets. The identical twins girls, Erna and Hrefna, are sensual, fiercely proud, aloof. They are spirited, independent, off in a dream world of their own.
Ariko as another storyteller supplies us with the vivid details of their shared childhood experiences and their gradual growing apart and is shooting them since they were only nine years old in 2009, while the project will be ongoing untill they reach the age of sixteen years old. Ariko’s intentions are to capture their own coming of age experiences, whatever that may mean. We can tell the project of these intertwined lives will create a certain nostalgia of the declaration of these once young girls in love with life itself.
All images © Ariko Inaoka