Skip to content

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and you will receive our stories in your inbox.

The apple never falls far from the tree – Ulric Collette’s genetic project

Posted in Things We Love, and Uncategorized

My better half might be my husband but my other half is definitely my sister.

I always thought of my little sister as the other keeper of memories only the two of us share. She and I alone can remember the smell of our bedroom; the sound of the lady next door washing up as we prepared for sleep (her kitchen abutted our bedroom); the secret Sunday morning games played in bed; the endless dinners while our parents were arguing. In short, nobody else knows how it felt to grow up in our household but my sister.

We are seven years apart so we never shared friends, schools or, god forbid, boyfriends  – jealousy never crept between us. We are different in many ways, even physically: she is fairer, her frame is smaller; her hair is curly but, when people see us together, they invariably say “We can see you are sisters”.

If we were to do what Ulric Collette did and sliced in half photographs of our faces then put them side to side, we might see more clearly where the physical resemblance lies.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Ulric Collette is a Canadian photographer who developed an interest in genetics and took a series of photos of siblings, parents and their children and digitally “sewed” their faces together:  with just one glance it becomes strikingly apparent where the genes meld and become one or, in the case of twins, where the subtle differences are.

A child looking into the half face of his parent will be able to see exactly how he will age. The game of life sped up and played before our eyes. Eerie and fascinating.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Thanks to the ever precious Bonnie, and the time she laments spending on-line, for bringing this to my attention.

All photos copyright of Ulric Collette – To see the complete series check out his beautiful website

Share on Facebook

7 Comments

  1. silvia
    silvia

    Amazing! I’D love to do it wth my relatives.

    August 27, 2013
    |Reply
    • Love it! I bookmarded it and might use it some time soon. Thank you!

      August 23, 2013
      |Reply
  2. Brilliant, going to try that at home!

    August 23, 2013
    |Reply
  3. Bonnie frank
    Bonnie frank

    I am so pleased that you found this as interesting as I did and worthy of sharing on your blog! XOBonnie

    August 23, 2013
    |Reply
  4. Really really interesting looking at the photos, especially the mother daughter ones and sister ones where you can’t tell that it’s two different people.

    August 23, 2013
    |Reply
    • What struck me most is to see the aging process on very similar faces…

      August 23, 2013
      |Reply

Got some thoughts? We would love to hear what you think

%d bloggers like this: