A spliced photographic portrait of two family members

Photographer Ulric Collette Splices Portraits of Family Members into Uncanny Composites




Photography
Science

#genetics
#portraits
#Ulric Collette

December 15, 2022

Grace Ebert

Brother and sister, Jean-Philippe, 29, and Véronique, 27. All images © Ulric Collette, shared with permission

Ulric Collette takes a scientific approach to family photos with his Genetic Portraits series. Since 2008, Collette has spliced images of one side of a face with that of a relative, juxtaposing their superficial traits with the inherited. The composites are both disorienting and revealing as they capture the continuity of bone structures and other similarities, in addition to differences like eye color or subtle shifts in the shape of lips or cheeks.

Each portrait varies in resemblance, with some, like the recent portrait of brothers Francis and Jerome, appearing to be a single person at first glance. Others require more comparison to find the similitude behind clear contrasts in hair or age. “Having photographed my daughter with her grandmother,” the Quebec City-photographer shares, “the result is astonishing as they look so much alike on this portrait, one could believe that it is the same person photographed at 50 years interval.”

In the decade Collette has been working on the series, he’s garnered quite a bit of interest from scientists and researchers, and the project was recently on view in the University of Wisconsin’s genetics department. Explore dozens of the portraits on the project site and Instagram. You also might enjoy this collection of doppelgängers.

 

A spliced photographic portrait of two family members

Son and mother, Kristof, 19, and Madineg, 41

A spliced photographic portrait of two family members

Son and father, Nathan, 7, and Ulric, 29

A spliced photographic portrait of two family members

Sisters, Roxane, 22, and Jill, 25

A spliced photographic portrait of two family members

Brothers, Eric, 39, and Dany, 31

A spliced photographic portrait of two family members

Grandmother and granddaughter, Ginette, 61, and Ismaelle, 12

A spliced photographic portrait of two family members

Son and mother, Ludwig, 33, and Laurence, 59

A spliced photographic portrait of two family members

Brothers, Francis, 37, and Jerome, 39

#genetics
#portraits
#Ulric Collette

 

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