01/28/2013 01:08 pm ET Updated Mar 30, 2013

Seeing Double: 10 Eerie and Elegant Portraits of Twins

Written by Sunny Chanel for

Photographer Julie de Waroquier has been seeing double. The photographer from Lyon, France created a collection she called Chimeras or The Twins Project. De Waroquier took photographs of twins of all ages, from babies to seniors, all coming from different backgrounds, making each portrait unique, oddly ethereal, and stunningly beautiful. She found her twins mostly from word of mouth and through social media, primarily through Facebook.

De Waroquier has a very special bond with twins, saying, "Twins have always fascinated me, and not only because I have a twin brother -- they are almost magic, and yet they are real." She continued, "Indeed, the fact that two people look exactly the same whereas they are not the same person is astonishing. It is like a real dream, or like a miracle. In some past or present civilizations, twins are even considered as gods... or as monsters. I thus wanted to photograph these twins in order to question how our society considers what is amazing and surprising in general."

Seeing all these twins together is quite striking. "'In my series, twins represent everything that is not rational but that however exists," she said. And they will exist, forever, together, in her Twins Project. Check out some of her stunning photographs below and you can see more of her gorgeous work right here.

Seeing Double: 10 Eerie and Elegant Portraits of Twins

All photos used with permission from photographer Julie de Waroquier

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