Genetic Conformity

Sisters: Catherine, 23 and Veronique, 29.

Brothers: Chrisophe, 30 and Ulric, 29.

Cousins: Justine, 29 and Ulric, 29.

Father/Son: Laval, 56 and Vincent, 29.

Thanks to Jason Dean at The Best Part, I was able to come across a series of almost eerie photographs by Canadian graphic designer, Ulric Collette. His genetic portraits explore the thin line that family members share when it comes to physical looks and build across generations and age. By splicing and pasting halves of a person with their counterpart, be it a parent, sibling, or even extended relative, we are able to unmask the startling similaries that exist within our genetic tree, almost to the point where fathers become projected future selves of their sons, and siblings could very well be identical.

This brings me to the notion of family and how amazing, intimate, and usually dysfunctional it can be. When you think about it, we are oftentimes individuals plunked together and forced to coexist due to the fact that we share the same chromosomal matter. We may be outwardly congruous, but if you were not related to your sister, is this a person you could and would share your life with? Would you give this individual a care in the world if you were not bestowed the same genes?

I think the fact that art drives thoughts like these makes it a great engine of introspection. Ulric's work gives us a literal definition of how the fellowship of the human family can create its own lineage. It is then up to us to apply this to our own lives and examine it on a singular level.