Photos of strangers who look like each other

Photographer François Brunelle found pairs people from around the world who resemble one another and took their picture. He calls the series, "I’m Not a Look-Alike!"


    1. The homo-erotic posing of the subjects is a bit, odd.

      That’s a very Northern European view of things.  In India, Nepal, Egypt, etc, I’ve had (straight) men whom I hadn’t known for more than an hour or two sitting in my lap.  Literally.

      1. Thanks for pointing that out. The immediate suspicion of homosexuality at the mere sight of nearly any same-gendered contact is indeed a very Western thing. A sad thing as well.

  1. Scary? A few years back I was unpacking a kodak zi8 camera and found a guy on the other side of the atlantic had done the same. This photo is me (on the left) and random dude with my face (and zi8) on the right. Or vice versa. Link :

    1. It’s fascinating how closely they resemble each other in a lot ways but manage to be easily distinguishable.  I’d bet facial recognition software doesn’t have much of a problem with them. It’s very different from what you see with similar-looking related people.

  2. Maybe for most of ’em the resemblance is more striking in person, but for the fifteen samples at the link, I’d only qualify two of ’em as look-alikes/twins.

    Shapes of eyebrows, noses, facial musculature – so their smiles, wrinkes, and creases are different.  For most, to me there are clear and obvious differences.  I’m a twin (and more importantly, I’m NOT Oliver Sacks), so I do look for and notice the differences.

    It was a little surprising to see actor Rémi Girard, of the truly outstanding and surreal TV show La Petite Vie, in the samples.

  3. I was hoping for better matches. Years ago I spotted an old friend of mine several times from across the street during my lunch hour. I was surprised to see him there, but did not catch him to reminisce. Then one day he came walking right down the street. “Marty” I said. “Great to see you!”. He grinned as I began to talk. He continued to grin as I began to realize something was not right. Then he told me.
    He wasn’t Marty, but he knew who Marty was. He had met Marty about a year earlier when he was startled to see himself approaching on the street. The two of them had stopped, talked and discovered they had both been meeting confused strangers for years. They were both stunned because there was no physical difference – none at all. I realized he wasn’t Marty, but he was absolutely identical. This guy was still in awe of having met his exact double and got a chuckle out of meeting Marty’s friends every now and then.

    1. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but my mother’s first cousin and my father looked like identical twins.

  4. “You fool Brunelle! Thanks to your meddling these doppelgangers, who might have lived peaceful and productive lives, will now fight to the death to assert their own uniqueness. What fresh hell have you wrought?!”

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