Jordi Pizarro, Spain
India: Good things come together
Since photographer Jordi Pizarro, born in 1985 in Barcelona, has lived in New Delhi, he keeps coming across news reports about a noticeably high rate of twins being born in certain places in India.
This almost certainly came as a surprise as India usually has one of the lowest rates of twin births in the world. So he traveled to the village of Kodinhi in Kerala to portrait some of the numerous twins. And since he likes to mix fantasy and reality in his photos, he made them look like they were from a long-gone era. They look “old”, like remnants from a time when people could only marvel at such strange phenomena.
The phenomenon of the many twins in Kodinhi is a strange one, indeed; 250 pairs of twins are known in Kodinhi alone, and rising – for reasons unknown. The suspected reasons have already included pollutants, hormone treatments, incest, etc. In other communities with a similarly high number of twins, soil and water samples were analyzed, and also blood samples of parents.
Yet, there is still no proven scientific explanation for the phenomenon. Pizarro, whose works have been published, among others, in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, Le Monde and Der Spiegel, has not pondered on the matter any further. He simply calls his portrait series of twins in Kodinhi’s palm gardens “Good things come together”.
Curriculum Vitae: Jordi Pizarro (Freelance Photographer)
Born in Barcelona, 1985. I'm a documentary photographer based in New Delhi, India. I'm mostly interested in my personal long term projects. The emphasis of my work is largely focused on current social and environmental concerns that affect different communities, most of them unadvertised by the big media.
My main goal is to aid and increase awareness of issues affecting people and their environments in the world we live in. I hope that with my photographs to contribute in some small way towards creating a critical reflexion of this world.
My work has been published in many international magazines around the world including National Geographic, New York Times, Time, Sunday Times, Internatzionale, IO donna, Le Monde, Spiegel, Forbes, Foreign Policy among others.