These Photos Of Twins Show The Beauty Of Black Womanhood

by Samantha Mercado

Miranda Barnes’ latest photo series, Doubles, highlights the beauty in black women and the bonds of sisterhood through the lens of twin sisters. A native New Yorker, Barnes is not only a photographer but a student at John Jay College pursuing a BA in Humanities and Justice with Minors in Art and History. Barnes’ aim for the project was to redefine the way people look at women of color and showcase the power of sisterhood and friendship. 

In an artist statement, sh e writes: “I find the need to challenge misconceptions of people of color in America, and particularly like to highlight themes of friendship and sisterhood in black communities. I’ve always been fascinated by the bond between twins, and credit that interest to a twin in my own family, my grandmother Joyce who passed in 2009. While I was never able to photograph my grandmother and great aunt Jean together, this project is inspired by the few pictures we have of the two of them together and the feelings of love and sisterhood they imparted me. I hope my series ‘Doubles’ can be a reflection of black love, unity, but most importantly black womanhood.” 

Check out more of Miranda’s photography on her Instagram and website.

Miranda Barnes4My Nana Joyce (left) and her twin Jean (right) in front of my grandmothers home. Cambria Heights, Queens NY. September 6th 1978

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All photos courtesy of Miranda Barnes.

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