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24 Pictures That Perfectly Capture The Special Bonds Of Twins

Each year, thousands of twins descend on Twinsburg, Ohio, for the Twins Days festival to celebrate everything that makes them identical and unique.

Posted on August 12, 2019, at 5:11 p.m. ET

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 β€” it also celebrates triplets, quadruplets, multiples, doppelgΓ€ngers, best friends, non-twins, and everyone in between.

This year, photographer Hannah Thomson attended Twins Days to capture portraits of these unique relationships.

Twins have always been a source of intrigue and inspiration for Thomson. "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, N.J., 1967' and 'Triplets in Their Bedroom, N.J., 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

Hannah Thomson

"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

Hannah Thomson

Jonas, Noah, and Moses

Hannah Thomson

Jeremy, Briana, Brittany, Josh

Hannah Thomson

"These identical twin sisters and brothers met at Twins Days and were married there last year."

Briana and Britney from Detroit

Hannah Thomson

"This year Britney and Briana were gold medalists in the Most Alike Females, ages 20–23."

Ashley and Amber from Clarion, Pennsylvania

Hannah Thomson

Shron and Shila from Easton, Pennsylvania

Hannah Thomson

Willow and Midori

Hannah Thomson

David and Ryan holding Aurora and Cruz

Hannah Thomson

Martha and Mary

Hannah Thomson

Carmen and Isabella from Rochester, New York

Hannah Thomson

Dawn and Julianne

Hannah Thomson

Geneva and Perrena from Marietta, Georgia

Hannah Thomson

Willow and Aspen from Kuna, Idaho

Hannah Thomson

Viola and Verna from Willow Street, Pennsylvania

Hannah Thomson

Lillian and Livia

Hannah Thomson

"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

Hannah Thomson

Egypt and Brandi from California

Hannah Thomson

Audrey and Rosalyn from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hannah Thomson

Maci and Mia from Greenfield, Indiana

Hannah Thomson

Allison and Elsa from Dublin, Ohio

Hannah Thomson

Anna and Awa from Senegal, West Africa

Hannah Thomson

Faith and Grace

Hannah Thomson

Hannah and Hatti from Convoy, Ohio

Hannah Thomson


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