Ever meet someone who looks almost exactly like someone else you know? It happens to me every now and then. Once, for example, I was at a wedding, and the groom looked startlingly like my own son, so much so that I almost felt I should jump up and sit in the front row as mother of the groom.
Sometimes, of course, it’s two celebrities, and then I get a chance to do one of those “separated at birth” features. Sometimes it’s someone telling me that I’m the one who looks very familiar. When that happens, most of the time I’m wary of seeing a photo of that person I supposedly resemble–what if they’re awful-looking?
In life, you seldom get a chance to compare the two unrelated supposed dopplegangers side by side. But that’s what Francois Brunelle has done with his project to document unrelated lookalikes. The photographs are here, and it turns out that most of the time, when you get the two people next to each other, you find out that although the resemblance is quite uncanny the differences are profound (although subtle) as well.
Some of these people look more like each there than others, but it’s all pretty amazing nonetheless. Here’s a typical one of Brunelle’s photos. The effect is enhanced by having the women dress alike and style their hair the same, but if you look at their faces and imagine them being different weights from each other, and dressed and coiffed differently, the resemblance would become somewhat weaker because their faces (especially the eyes) really are not so extraordinarily similar:
Here’s a duo that has a somewhat stronger real resemblance, with facial features that show a quite stunning similarity:
And yet if you look very very closely, the differences are strong enough that I doubt a person who already knew one would ever be fooled by the other.
Here’s one more of the same variety as the last one. These guys come about as close as you can come without actually being identical twins: