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Erik Lunsford January 25, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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Twins, St. Louis, Missouri, 2009

Erik Lunsford (b.1980, USA) is currently a staff photojournalist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He previously worked at The Stuart (FL) News and the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach before returning to St. Louis in 2007. He interned first at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, then at the Springfield (IL) State Journal-Register and the Peoria (IL) Journal-Star before heading to Florida. A St. Louis University graduate, Erik documents stories ranging from news to sports and features in his own hometown community.

About the Photograph:

“I was assigned to shoot a family homeschooling their children in downtown St. Louis. After a period of “class” in the living room, the family broke for playtime in their loft garden. I had been following the twin girls hoping to document them in the same frame when patience paid off and they climbed on the swing. After only a few seconds of squirming between the bars and cushions, the girls alighted from the swing to the sound of their mother’s calling. Moreover, it wasn’t until I was preparing selects for the editor later in the newsroom when I saw this image pop off the edit. Not only were other staff photojournalists surprised by the uniqueness of the girls’ positioning, but the image seemed to emote a fleeting connectivity between the twins. Although they are two entirely separate individuals, they for a brief moment were one and the same.”

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