Erna and Hrefna

Erna and Hrefna mean “eagle” and “raven” in Icelandic.

I photographed them from 2009 to 2017, visiting them every summer. It was the period of  their lives between nine and sixteen years old. I have never seen such a strong connection between two human beings. There is always a peaceful harmony between them. Spending time with them often makes me feel like I am in a dream. They live in Reykjavik, Iceland . They go to the same school together and practice ballet every day. They once told me, “we dream the same sometimes.”


Ariko Inaoka (Kyoto, Japan, 1975)

Is a photographer and lives in Kyoto, where she runs an ancestral soba noodle restaurant that has been open since 1465. Her work has been published by well-known international media, including the BBC and The Guardian. Her first photo book, SOL, was published in 2008 by the Japanese publishing house, Akaaka.