Canadian photographer Ulric Collette was Photoshopping a few years onto his son when the “genetic portraits” concept struck him.

His first experiments hit the Internet in 2011. Since then, Collette’s portraits have gone viral and even resulted in expositions at big time art galleries. Of course, every blogger re-posting these images tries to incorporate their own original spin, usually around genetics or family dynamics.

I’ll keep it simple: This guy splices together photos of family members. The results range from amazing, to interesting, to comical.

One question I’ll pose to the reader: Don’t some of these people look like stroke survivors?


Father / Son: Laval, 56 years & Vincent, 29 years

Father / Son: Denis, 53 years & William, 28 years

Father / Son: Denis, 60 years & Mathieu, 25 years

Twins: Laurence & Christine, 20 years
Mother / Daughter: Julie, 61 years & Amélie, 33 years

Daughter / Father: Amélie, 33 years & Daniel, 60 years

Sisters: Catherine, 23 years & Véronique, 29 years

Brothers: Christophe, 30 years & Ulric, 29 years

Mother / Daughter: Francine, 56 years & Catherine, 23 years