┐ Leon Foggitt └

© Leon Foggitt, Untitled, from the series Couples, 2009

© Leon Foggitt, Untitled, from the series Couples, 2009

“So it is possible that we are often attracted to a partner that we may share similarities with, emotionally and physically. But there is another theory; it states that couples often begin to look even more similar over time. This idea has many explanations, however some are more interesting than others, shared diet and environment for instance will affect the way we look but more interestingly, empathy. In a relationship partners will often begin to develop the same emotional ideas and personality traits, then mirror each other’s facial expressions thus over time creating similar muscle patterns and lines on both partners faces. I was fascinated by these different theories and decided to set out to investigate. I selected couples from my local area at random who had been together for various different time spans to see if similarities would be more evident in couples that had been together for longer. Interestingly couples that had been together for longer than 20 years appeared to have a lot more similarities. The majority of the couples in this series have been together for over 20 years. Weather or not they often look similar to each other is still open for debate.”

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