The relationship between and among siblings has been the subject of literature for millennia. From Old Testament stories of Cain and Abel to Shakespeare’s plays, modern novels, folktales, proverbs, and poems, the topic of brothers and sisters has been a universal theme, relevant because most people on the planet have siblings.
Van Dyck, Ruebens, Hals, Van Gogh and hundreds of other artists have painted portraits of young siblings, but the subjects were mainly children of affluent families. The siblings I photograph are often poor children in third world countries who have to stick together to survive poverty, wars, abuse, and deprivation.
“Sibling relationships … flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness and distance, warmth, loyalty and distrust.” ~ Erica E. Goode, The Secret World of Siblings