I have lived my whole life with twins as an important part. My grandfather, my namesake, and childhood hero was a twin. I have younger sisters who are twins. And these two young ladies shown here (my daughters), are very near and dear to me. So, it's probably not surprising when I say twins are some of my favorite people. They have always been part of my tribe and part of my mythology. And even though these pictures are of Jewell and Georgia - they are pictures from my journey and story as well as theirs'. They are also images from their other family members' stories and histories.
Isn't this why we share pictures? Why we give them as gifts? The reason Instagram is popular? Why they hang on the walls and sit on the shelves in our houses?
Pictures are the stand-in and connection we have when we can't physically be with some one. They can instantly create a visceral reaction in us. Bring back memories and emotions connected with who and what we are seeing.
The images here have a meaning today for Jewell and Georgia and everyone that knows them. A few years from now, when they are possibly graduating college - the pictures will have a slightly different meaning. Just as they will when the girls are starting their own families. Or perhaps when their own children flip through them. Or their childrens' children.
I know this because I have pictures I cherish that instantly bring a smile to my face. Or a wash of melancholy. Wonder. Laughter. A tug at my heart. Or tears.
It is why I think pictures are important enough that we collect them.