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Mirror identical twins with autism, 2018

by Sarah Rhodes

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 Finalist

Liam and Rohan, aged eighteen, are mirror identical twins with severe autism. One is left-handed, the other right-handed. One is high functioning; the other is lower functioning. They are both socially isolated, but because they are twins they have each other. I made this image as a double exposure to represent the boys’ identicalness, but also to offer an insight into their minds, particularly their anxiety. The background of the image seeps through, suggesting these two boys could be the same person – different sides of the one self, one wearing black, the other wearing white.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Other NPPP photos from Sarah Rhodes

Play, 2010 by Sarah Rhodes
NPPP 2011 Finalist
The Christening, 2014 by Sarah Rhodes
NPPP 2015 Finalist
Sophie, 2013 by Sarah Rhodes
NPPP 2014 Finalist
Paper plane, 2019 Sarah Rhodes
NPPP 2020 Finalist

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.