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.
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.
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