I shot portraits of 600 girls and staff at Havergal College in Toronto, focusing on their eyes. The idea to create a tree out of the images came about from a short brainstorm session with students in the art club. They were interested in ideas of representing the school population as a whole and giving a nod to where the school is physically located – amongst a beautifully landscaped tree filled acreage. As much of my work deals with inclusion and I like breaking down ideas to their simplest form, the idea to create a tree using the girls eyes seemed to make complete sense and satisfied everyone’s various interests in the project. 3,600 eyes total.
These two lines of research—studying the differences between identical twins to pinpoint the influence of environment, and comparing identical twins with fraternal ones to measure the role of inheritance—have been crucial to understanding the interplay of nature and nurture in determining our personalities, behavior, and vulnerability to disease.
Lately, however, twin studies have helped lead scientists to a radical, almost heretical new conclusion: that nature and nurture are not the only elemental forces at work.