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Vulpes Randoms

Pictured here: Rudi Kistler and Maurus Oehman. Francois Brunelle/Rex USA

Pictured here: Rudi Kistler and Maurus Oehman. Photograph by Francois Brunelle. Clicking the image will load the website of Francois Brunelle.

As part of a new series of “Vulpes Randoms,” which will run during the empty days in our schedule, today we feature portraits of people who aren’t biologically related, yet look like twins.

Francois Brunelle’s project, called “I’m not a look-alike!” aims to make two hundred photographs of non-related facial twins from around the world. NBC has a slide show that you can click through, for more of these images.

Some of the pairings are more convincing than others, and perhaps in scrutinising these images for similarities and differences, we are encouraged to ponder our own perceived uniqueness, or lack thereof. But, looking through the pictures, I felt rather guilty. Possibly due to the many police procedural shows I watch on TV, I couldn’t stop wondering just how many people have been falsely convicted of crimes on the evidence of third party witnesses, because, hypothetically, if I witness Rudi committing a crime, and a month later, I see Maurus walking down the street, you can bet your bottom dollar I’m promising, hand on heart, that Maurus is the dude you’re looking for.


3 comments on “Vulpes Randoms

  1. Lisa
    February 12, 2013

    P.S Have any of our readers encountered a stranger whose face was very similar to their own?

  2. Hilary
    February 12, 2013

    Fortunately for the stranger, Lisa, I’m glad to say in my case, no. This really is rather thought provoking, I must say. Apart from the pair you’ve chosen as the illustration, I was somewhat relieved to find that some of these pairs are actually not quite that twin-like after all. (One pair relied quite heavily I thought on the same design of specs and matching Hoxton Fins). But it makes you look at them with more care than usual. Anyhow, a most piquant Random – thank you!

  3. Jackie
    February 13, 2013

    There’s another member of my local book group who resembles me. A few years ago we were having lunch in a restaurant & the waitress asked if we were sisters. The other person was aghast & shortly afterwards began growing her hair longer so that we looked less alike.

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