Resemblance

It is said that we all have a double, someone who bears a strong resemblance to ourselves  somewhere else. An exact lookalike, from a statistical point-of-view, is highly unlikely. In terms of facial features, there are an estimated 4,000-5,000 distinctive traits. How they come together to create and shape a face is the randomness of familial genetics.

Consider these two photos –

 

Are they the same person, or perhaps related?

At first blush, you might be tempted to say a qualified yes. If you arrange the hair, take away the lip gloss and sunglasses, and change the wardrobe of the graduate, perhaps she would resemble the young girl in the top photo. In the top photo, arrange the hair, add lip gloss and sunglasses, and change the wardrobe, perhaps she would resemble the graduate.

Perhaps they are not the same person, let alone related.

It is about the power of observation, ever so important in photography. The answer will be revealed tomorrow, March 4 2016 at 2 pm, MT.

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