In 1986, I created a series of very direct studio portraits of my peers—fellow artists, writers, junkies and the like. This original series was titled “A Portrait.”

Twenty years later, in 2006, I brought many of the same sitters back to my studio again. This time, I created a series titled, “A Portrait Revisited: 1986, 2006.”

In making this series of double portraits, I was seeking to explore the uncanny ability that photography possesses to reveal back to us haunting notions of time and mortality.

—Roderick McNicol

Editors’ Note: This project was singled out for distinction among the submissions to LensCulture Portrait Awards 2016 by juror Jim Casper. Each juror selected one photographer to be awarded a special $1,000 grant—discover why this one stood out.

Works from this series are held in major collections in Australia, and in the Bibliotheque Nationale collection in France.