Norwegian photographer Elin Høyland captured the daily routines of two brothers, Harald (75) and Mathias (80) in rural Norway. When she started photographing the brothers, they still lived in the small farm in which they were born. Photographed in black and white, Høyland conveys the atmosphere of a quiet, structured life. Set in and around their house, the series shows the men getting dressed or chopping wood, set against the backdrop of snowy mountains. We see in the images that the two brothers share a bedroom, with two single beds set on either side of the room, and otherwise seem to exist almost in a world of their own, sharing activities and facial features. Through their ‘same but different’ possessions, like binoculars and coffee mugs, the brothers express their collected individuality. In this way, Høyland’s photos stress the symmetry and sympathy of their lives spent together.
The Brothers is published as a book by Dewi Lewis Publishing.