"It is a self-evident truth
that all things which are equal to the same thing
are equal to each other"

Euclid

FLESH AND BLOOD

Portraits of 3 sisters, photographed in Los Angeles.

Suzette, Viergela and Layla are sisters and my relatives. I have been photographing them for a couple of years now, individually and together, from early teenage years on.

I have become fascinated by the concept of family. Since I don't have children myself, and I left my family behind in Belgium, the word "family" and being related has gotten a whole new meaning.

Suzette and Viergela are adopted and were born in Haiti. Layla was born in Los Angeles. Although neither of the three girls are related by blood, to me they are the representation of what family can be or can mean. Blood ties can be strong but they become less relevant when we look at the bigger picture of bonding and feeling connected. The girls also represent the American identity, our hope and our future. 

Sisters, portrait, portrait photography, Los Angeles, California, color, girls, young women, outdoors, beach, evening light, conceptual, beautiful, standing, sunset, our future, American, identity, Iris Debelder, teens
Sisters, portrait, portrait photography, Los Angeles, California, color, girls, young women, outdoors, beach, evening light, conceptual, beautiful, standing, sunset, our future, American, identity, Iris Debelder, teens
Sisters, portrait, portrait photography, Los Angeles, California, color, girls, young women, outdoors, beach, evening light, conceptual, beautiful, standing, sunset, our future, American, identity, Iris Debelder, teens
Sisters, portrait, portrait photography, Los Angeles, California, color, girls, young women, outdoors, beach, evening light, conceptual, beautiful, sunset, our future, American, identity, Iris Debelder, wind, teens
Sisters, portrait, portrait photography, Los Angeles, California, color, girls, young women, outdoors, beach, fog,  conceptual, beautiful, standing,  our future, American, identity, Iris Debelder, javelin, teens, spear
Sisters, portrait, portrait photography, Los Angeles, California, color, girls, young women, outdoors, beach, evening light, conceptual, beautiful, standing, sunset, our future, American, identity, Iris Debelder, teens
Sisters, portrait, portrait photography, Los Angeles, California, color, girls, young women, outdoors, beach, evening light, conceptual, beautiful, standing, sunset, our future, American, identity, Iris Debelder, teens
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