Identities by Can Dagarslani
Portrait series explores individuality with mirror images of twin-like models
Istanbul-based Photographer Can Dagarslani captures the uncanny similarities of two different women and portrays them as identical “twins” in his recent series “Identities”. Dagarlani casted two models, Sophie Bogdan and Marlene Pina, to play the twins who mimic each other’s actions and expressions in inanimate surroundings. Some of the pictures feature the models in the context of an empty, minimalist studio and some feature them in an apartment. The synchronized gaze from the women sharply directed to the camera lens is piercing, unsettling and enticing to the viewers. Upon first glance, their bright red lips and rosy cheeks immediately makes the viewer identify them as twins. It is only upon moving past the unusual sensations from the image that the viewer realize the physical differences between the women.
Dafarslani explains, “People attempt to amplify and push the limits of reality. I believe I can surprise viewers by not presenting any quirkiness, yet still avoiding being ordinary. I keep the natural light and the colors of objects as it is and mostly play with scenes and the models’ posture.”
Also an Architect, Dafarslani applies his knowledge of geometries within space to the images. The symmetry and mirror image effects amplify the uncanny visual narrative being presented. By presenting such uncanny, haunting and deceptive compositions, Dafarslani effectively explores the possibilities and limitations of personal identity.
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via Feature Shoot