Haakon Sand

Twins Forever

Bjørn and Ulf Bergerud grew up in Oslo in the neighbourhood of Torshov during the ‘30s. Together, they went to Lilleborg primary school and saw the German occupation of Norway from their apartment porch. They are the only twins of three siblings. Since birth, they have only been separated once and spent 79 of their 80 years together. Every morning, when they wake up, they thank each other for having another day together. Since their mid-20s, they have been a part of Jehovah's Witnesses and are regularly out preaching the word of Jehovah.

Bjørn and Ulf are identical Twins and share virtually everything. If one has aching in the toe, the other one gets the same feeling of pain the day after; they have the same toothbrush, the same soap, and they enjoy the same kind of meals. Their favourite food is canned sardines and soft cake for dessert. On the weekends, they make the day pass by playing monopoly or going out for a ride on their scooters. Because of their illness caused by polyneuropathy, they cannot walk much.

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My stories are often lead by things close to me or personal experiences. In my work, I am fascinated by the small moments that appear in the chaos of everyday life, if it is a friendly gaze or a loving touch from a mother. For me, these moments are what reveals the humanity within us. My ambition is to make photography that is emotional and vulnerable, which hopefully will engage and inspire people. I have studied photography in London and have an MA in documentary and photojournalism. Currently working with documentary film at Sandbox productions, collaborating with artists, musicians, and authors. I was born and raised in Norway on a small island in the Oslofjord.