Amusing Photo Series of Unrelated Doppelgangers


If you think you are unique, hold that thought for just a minute. Why? Because photographer Francois Brunelle is out to dumbfound you with his images of doppelgangers, or absolute dead-ringers. The project’s title is I’m not a look-alike, but it is exactly the opposite of that claim. The 62-year-old Montreal-based photographer has for the last 12 years been searching the world for total strangers who look frighteningly alike, and his efforts have yielded some rather bizarre clones who are not even related remotely.

doppelganger portrait

Since July 27 of this year there were 58 images from the I’m not a look-alike project that were exhibited at the Museo Nacionlal de la Fotografia de Colombia, in Bogotá until August 23, as well as in Medellin and Cali the entire September.

image doppelganger

“I was inspired by 2 things,” said Brunelle in a recent interview. “First I used to see look-alikes all over since a very long time. Second, my own likeness with TV character Mr. Bean.” The astonishing photos make it truly difficult to comprehend the likenesses, since the subjects are not even related. Brunelle was so enthralled by the phenomenon of absolute strangers having almost identical features. That he spent over a decade finding people with freakishly similar features is also a testament to Brunelle’s dedication to a theme.

portrait lookalike

His goal is to ultimately shoot 200 pictures of couples who, despite not being related, have strikingly similar looks. Brunelle’s ambitious project started in North America when he shot two acquaintances that looked as though they were identical twins. Hopefully Brunelle reads this since we have some suggested leads he might want to pursue to add to the goal of 200 look-alikes.

lookalike portrait

Here goes:

Tom Hanks and Neal Peart (drummer for the band Rush)

Will Ferrell and Chad Smith (drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Ethan Hawke and Mark McGrath (front man for the band Sugar Ray)

See the work in progress of I’m not a look-alike here.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.