You Are My Twin

PhotographerKristina Varaksina
PrizeSilver in Portraiture / Children
Entry Description

You Are My Twin is a psychological study of the relationship between twins. Intertwined with surrealist props and metaphors, this photographic series charts the emotions and experiences between these inextricably linked individuals through four narrative based works. Often twins can be considered as a single entity, whereas certain twins choose different paths in order to develop an individual identity. It is through the exploration of these ideas I seek to illustrate aspects of this complex relationship.

About Photographer

Russian-born Kristina Varaksina has resided in the USA since 2010 and currently lives and works in New York. Varaksina’s focus is to capture human emotion and the psychological impressions of her subjects' mind – permitting the characters to project their internal reality. Works undertaken are keen to explore a female and child perspective, evoking their thoughts, dreams and hopes. Recently, Aesthetica magazine suggests ‘Varaksina's personal works are etherial, projecting the psyche onto the corners of a room... Through a conscientious attention to light and a soft palette these allegories come to life and absorb the viewer into their microcosm’. Education: MFA 12/2013 Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Major: Photography MA 07/2005 The Ural State Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture. Major: Graphic Design and Advertising.