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10 Side-By-Side ‘Genetic Portraits’ Of Family Memb...

10 Side-By-Side ‘Genetic Portraits’ Of Family Members Show Just How Strong Family DNA Is

Ulric Collette’s work asks the questions about our own identity. Who are we? Where do we come from? How much do members of the same family resemble each other, and how do they differ? What is the role of genetics in the physical appearance of a person?

Ulric is a designer, graphic designer and photographer from Quebec City in Canada. He has created this unique project, where he explores his ideas by illustrating the genetic similarities between different members of the same family. From father to son (it was when photoshopping his own son’s image that the idea came to him) to siblings, grandparents and cousins, Ulric explores the power of genetics across many different branches of the family tree.

Scroll down below to see Ulric’s impressive work for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1 Grandmother/Granddaughter: Ginette, 61 And Ismaëlle, 12, 2013


Ulric started doing this genetic series in 2008 while doing a photo per day challenge. He had made a lot of self portraiture at the time, and made the first one of him and his 7 year old son a little bit by accident while trying something really different in photoshop.

He then published it on Flickr at the time and the response was great so he decided to try it out with other people, family and friends at first and so on. The project went viral a few time since then.

“’I’ve made a few exhibits around the world, in Montreal, Belgium and the U.S. and featured in a few art books and magazines,” Ulric continues. “I’ve also made the final at the Canne Lion in 2012 for a foundation project. My work is currently on display at the Transportation Mall Photography Exhibit at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

#2 Son/Father: Nathan, 9 and Ulric, 32


#3 Father/Son: Claude, 54 And Benoit, 23, 2013

Ulric wants to release a book of his work one day, although he hasn’t gotten around to it just yet. “It would be great to do this with famous people and their family, maybe it could make a great book!” he said. We agree!

“There’s a lot of detail in my photographs, and I’ve learned a lot over time on how the best light the subject and what I need in my photo for it to work,” he continues. “I’ve received a lot of photographs from families over time and for the most part, It would not work if people just sent their photos to me.”

“Most of the time the photos are too small, there are no details or the lighting is really different in the two photographs. For me, it is really important that I do the entire process by myself.”

#4 Son/Mother: Kristof, 19 And Madined, 41, 2017


#5 Mother/Daughter: Julie, 61 And Isabelle, 32, 2011


#6 Brother/Sister: Jean-Philippe, 29 And Véronique, 27, 2013


#7 Sister/Brother: Geneviève, 33 And Jean-Michel, 30, 2013


#8 Daughter/Mother: Marie-Andrée, 55 And Claudette, 81, 2013


#9 Sisters: Justine, 34 And Émilie, 36 2013


#10 Cousins: Ulric, 34 And Justine, 34, 2013


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