Ulric Collette’s Genetic Portraits
How often have you heard someone say that you look like one of your family members? I think we’ve all heard this at some stage, but I’ve never been totally convinced that people would recognize a likeness if they didn’t first know of the relation. However, I changed my mind when I came across the work of self-taught photographer and graphic designer, Ulric Collette, who created a photographic series showing that some relatives really are very, very alike.
The photographs show familial similarities, and differences, side-by-side by merging together two halves from two different faces to create one portrait — the result is a little creepy, but very cool. The portraits shows differences in age, hair styles, eye shapes, mouth shapes — all elements of the face that make up a person’s individuality. I’m sure each of these people thought their faces were unique before they saw these portraits. It makes you wonder just how similar your face really is to that of your relatives. There is something fascinating about the way the two sides of each face are so alike, yet stil have such noticeable differences.
The Genetic Portraits series is on exhibit at Montréal’s Centaur Theatre until October 28, 2012.
You can see more of Ulric’s work on his website; his new Facade series is definitely worth a look.