National Geographic photographers deliver thousands of photos for a single story that can stretch into several years. And yet each month, when that yellow-framed magazine lands in millions of mailboxes, viewers only see a dozen. Here are some that didn’t make the cut.
Identical twins Sierra and Sariya Winters were photographed at the annual Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. ”As a portraitist who often works with celebrities who arrive with an entourage of publicists, hair and makeup stylists, it was refreshing to photograph people in their own clothes exactly as they came.” For Schoeller, this project was interesting because everyone thinks of themselves as unique — but with twins, the idea of individuality is a question. “A Thing or Two About Twins,” January 2012.Martin Schoeller/National Geographic