The twins

Icelandic twin sisters Erna and Hrefna first caught the eye of Japanese photorapher Ariko Inaokes when she was visiting Reykjavik in 2008. An immediate connection between the artist and her subjects was born. Since then, Inaokes has returned to Iceland every summer to take photographs of the girls. But her pictures are more than just portraits. Located in the sublime surroundings of the Icelandic environment and rendered with a folkloric hue, they are moments when the distinctions between what constitues landscape and portraiture become blurred. And the results are spectacular.

You can view a slideshow of works from Inaokes' project by clicking on the image below, or read an article about her practice here.