• Melanie Silver: Similar But Different

    Elaine

    Posted on December 16, 2012 by Melanie Silver

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    ………..I have an identical twin sister, Elaine; growing up we were very close and always together. We had all the same classes, participated in the same after school activities, imagined the same games for our toys, had the same friends, and argued over which one of us our pets would get to snuggle with. We went to the same college, majored in similar subjects, and even had dorm rooms near each other. Eventually we grew a little less similar, branching out into our own interests and when I moved to Philadelphia for graduate studies, it was the first time we were apart in all of our 22 years together. This distance has tested our relationship, but has ultimately brought us closer together and allowed us to appreciate the differences between us that we have developed.

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    Elaine

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    My sister is very into the 1920s era and vintage clothing. She is also an avid swing dancer. Here, she is wearing some of her vintage clothing and reclining in a chair. Even at rest Elaine is trying to dance, and nonchalantly kicks her leg up. The overlaying image is of one of her vintage dresses that she cherishes.

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    Elaine

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    Similar to the last photo, Elaine wears some of her vintage clothing collection. She curls her hair to better match her classic persona. Vintage patterns from her scarf collection are overlaid over her serene expression. Elaine is a dreamer, who aims to live in a time period of
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    Old black and white photo booths invoke a glamour and nostalgia of the past. I also enjoy them for those same reasons. Elaine brightly smiles and poses in one, bringing life to a piece of the past.

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    Elaine

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    Elaine has always been fiercely competitive, and even though I usually am not, being with her brings it out in me. We are always comparing ourselves to the other. In the past when we were very similar. it was difficult because we were always in a race against each other, but now that competitive feeling only pushes me to be better in what I do, with her supporting me.

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    This self-portrait is a reflection of my feelings being a twin. Sometimes when I look at her it is like a warped version of myself looking back. I do not know what it is like to not have a twin sister, but always having someone there is definitely a bonus. Sometimes it is hard to always have to share things, but overall it is rewarding that we are so close.

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    Self-Portrait by Melanie Silver

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    Elaine is struggling to find her place in the world. Unsure of what she wants to ultimately do with her life. I know that she will be successful with whatever she chooses, because she has such a strong will and friendly personality. Having a twin sister has helped define me as a person, and I can only hope to help and support her and our differences as much as she has with me.

    About the Author: Melanie Silver is studying Architecture in the graduate fine arts program, University of Pennsylvania. To read more articles by Melanie Silver, go to the search bar at the top of the page: enter name and click green icon.


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