Exploring Family Resemblance Through Self Portraits


We all know that you don’t choose your family — but do you have any control over how much you resemble them? In her portrait series One Is Not Like The Other, London-based photographer Jocelyn Allen explores the role genetics plays in identity by visually comparing herself with some of her closest relatives by replicating both their clothing and posture. “These photographs give hints into each person’s persona with the differences between the ‘copying image’ and the ‘original’ revealing further clues into each person’s nature,” explains Allen. “The word identity has many meanings, but for me it’s about what makes myself me. Though one may copy those who they are genetically connected to and descended from, individuality will still shine through whether it is via hints or physical differences.” Click through to check out the interesting juxtapositions.

Being Grandad, Jocelyn Allen

Being Nan, Jocelyn Allen

Being Dad, Jocelyn Allen

Being Mum, Jocelyn Allen

Being Rebecca, Jocelyn Allen

Being Caralyn, Jocelyn Allen

Being Jocelyn, Jocelyn Allen