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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Strangers Who Look Like Twins

Everybody DOES have a twin: Photographer creates amazing portraits of STRANGERS who look the double of each other


At first glance, it's an elegant set of portraits of twins - but look more closely and the secret is revealed.
None of the individuals captured by photographer Francois Brunelle are related by blood, their faces just have strikingly similar characteristics.
Mr Brunelle, who lives in Québec, has studied the human face since he started out as a photographer at the age of 18 in 1968.
The same...but different: Nathaniel (who did not give his last name) and Edward Toledo, pictured in Montreal in 2003, are remarkably similar but not twins
The same...but different: Nathaniel (who did not give his last name) and Edward Toledo, pictured in Montreal in 2003, are remarkably similar but not twins
Here's looking at you: Yves Megert (left) and Remi Bacon, pictured in Geneva, Switzerland in 2001
Here's looking at you: Yves Megert (left) and Remi Bacon, pictured in Geneva, Switzerland in 2001
Face-off: Edith Prefontaine (left) and Stefanie Tremblay pictured in Montreal in 2001 by photographer Francois Brunelle
Face-off: Edith Prefontaine (left) and Stefanie Tremblay pictured in Montreal in 2001 by photographer Francois Brunelle
Mirror image: Stéphane Morin (left) and Claude-Simon Langlois are unrelated look-alikes. Mr Morin, is Canadian-born and Mr Langlois, is American-born
Mirror image: Stéphane Morin (left) and Claude-Simon Langlois are unrelated look-alikes. Mr Morin, is Canadian-born and Mr Langlois, is American-born
The collection, entitled I'm not a look-alike!, features a range of individuals from North American and European backgrounds who are not related, side by side.
According to the photographer, the portraits allow him to explore the intimate relationship between subjects and how they approach their remarkably similar appearances.
Mr Brunelle told MailOnline: 'I found my first subjects simply through people I knew who looked alike. Then as the media covered my project, more people came forward to take part.'
The photographer continues to look for subjects and is inviting people to come forward until he finishes the project next year. More details can be found at brunelle.com.
Smiles all round: Remy Girard (left) and Gabriel Guibert, pictured in 2003
Smiles all round: Remy Girard (left) and Gabriel Guibert, pictured in 2003
Sister act: Marie Chantal (left) and Nancy Paul, in Montreal in 2004, have remarkably similar smiles
Sister act: Marie Chantal (left) and Nancy Paul, in Montreal in 2004, have remarkably similar smiles
Separated at birth? Danielle Boucher (left) and Jovette Desmarais in Montreal in 2004
Separated at birth? Danielle Boucher (left) and Jovette Desmarais in Montreal in 2004
Imitations: Valerie Carreau (left) and Jean-Phillippe Royer pose with arms around each other in 2004
Imitations: Valerie Carreau (left) and Jean-Phillippe Royer pose with arms around each other in 2004
Brotherly: Marcel Stepanoff (left) and Ludovic Maillard pictured in Paris, France in 2005
Brotherly: Marcel Stepanoff (left) and Ludovic Maillard pictured in Paris, France in 2005
Across the gender gap: Sarah Fournier (left) and Alan Madill in Toronto in 2005 look extremely alike but are not brother and sister
Across the gender gap: Sarah Fournier (left) and Alan Madill in Toronto in 2005 look extremely alike but are not brother and sister
Comic duo: Even the facial expressions of Jean Vachon (left) and Jacques-Dominique Landry match up
Comic duo: Even the facial expressions of Jean Vachon (left) and Jacques-Dominique Landry match up
Match up: Frederick Hryszyn (left) and Justin Ford in Montreal in 2004
Match up: Frederick Hryszyn (left) and Justin Ford in Montreal in 2004

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