Each year in Twinsburg, Ohio, a unique festival celebrates a special bond that only a few can truly understand. Since 1976, Twins Days, considered the largest annual gathering of twins in the world, has attracted thousands of people to celebrate their identical others. The festival is not exclusive to just twins — it also celebrates triplets, quadruplets, multiples, doppelgängers, best friends, non-twins, and everyone in between.
For the last several years, photographer Hannah Thomson has attended Twins Days to capture portraits of these unique relationships. Twins have always been a source of intrigue and inspiration for her. “There are a lot of twins on both sides of my family, young and old, and growing up I was always very curious about this phenomenon,” Thomson tells BuzzFeed News. “In my twenties, when I was figuring out my directions in life, I felt like I was struck by lightning when I saw two photographs by the legendary Diane Arbus (“Identical Twins,” Roselle, New Jersey, 1967 and “Triplets in Their Bedroom,” NJ, 1963″). Everything clicked for me and made sense when I saw these photographs.”
Here are some of the twins that Hannah Thomson met during this year’s Twins Days.
Gabriella and Isabella from Owosso, Michigan.
“They love being twins because they always have a friend to play with and are never alone. Isabella is older by two minutes.”
Nina, Ally, Claire, and Lauren from Hudson, Ohio.
Jonas, Noah, and Moses.
Jeremy, Briana, Brittany, Josh.
“These identical twin sisters and brothers met at Twins Days and were married there last year.”
Briana and Britney from Detroit.
“This year Britney and Briana were gold medalists in the Most Alike Females, ages 20–23.”
Ashley and Amber from Clarion, Pennsylvania.
Shron and Shila from Easton, Pennsylvania.
Willow and Midori.
David and Ryan holding Aurora and Cruz.
Martha and Mary.
Carmen and Isabella from Rochester, New York.
Dawn and Julianne.
Geneva and Perrena from Marietta, Georgia.
Willow and Aspen from Kuna, Idaho.
Viola and Verna from Willow Street, Pennsylvania.
LIllian and Livia.
“This is Lillian and Livia’s fourth year attending, and this year, [they] won first place as identical twins in their age category. Lillian is older by two minutes.”
Kristy and Katie from New York City.
Egypt and Brandi from California.
Audrey and Rosalyn from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Maci and Mia from Greenfield, Indiana.
Allison and Elsa from Dublin, Ohio.
Anna and Awa from Senegal, West Africa.
Faith and Grace.
Hannah and Hatti from Convoy, Ohio.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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