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Land of Shuang Bao Tai_001

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Double exposure made with Nikon camera on the spot, no post production.This collaborative photographic projectabout the mythology of twinhood in China, is the second chapter of a work about twin-hood as a symbol for a universal, shared experience and a platform for (intercultural) exchange and collaboration. 'Shuang bao tai', 双胞胎 is the Chinese word for 'twin' which translates as: 双 double 胞 womb 胎 embryo. In Mojiang (Yunnan, south of China) it is the region's exceptionally high percentage of twin births that draws visitors to otherwise quiet city. Monozygotic or identical twins, make up about 0.3 percent of the world population and dizygotic ― or non-identical ― twins occur in about 1.5 percent of births worldwide. In Mojiang the incidence of twin births is much higher and occurs about 25 percent more frequently than in the rest of the world. No one knows why this happens, and contributing factors such as inherited genes, the climate, and local well water with magical properties have all been put forward as explanations. These legendary twin wells are located in the nearby village of Hexi (河西村), where 100 families have given birth to ten sets of twins. Tales abound in local folklore, recounting how one pair of twins has transformed into two magic wells. The wells are a popular destination for newly-wed couples wishing for offspring, as the water is believed to boost fertility. It is said that especially while the one child policy was still in effect many couples came to drink water from the twin-well hoping to get pregnant with twins which would allow them to have more than one child. Mojiang hosts a big twin festival each year, attracting thousands of twins and visitors from all corners of the world.
  • Shutter speed: 1/160
  • Aperture: F71/10
  • ISO: 200
  • Focal length: 420/10mm
  • Photographer: Sanne De Wilde