Photographer Blends Portraits of Fathers and Sons to Show Genetic Similarities


People often comment on how similar sons look to their fathers, but how similar are they, really? Photographer Craig Gibson decided to find out, and created a photo project called “Boys and Their Fathers.”

The project is a series of triptychs that contain: a portrait of the father, a portrait of the son, and a composite portrait that blends together the two base portraits.

Gibson says that the project is intended to “compare the facial characteristics” and “physical similarities” found in genetic relationships. In addition to facial features, the portraits also reveal interesting matches in expressions, postures, and moods.

Here are the other photographs found in the project:










You can find more of Gibson’s work over on his photography website.

(via My Modern Met via Imaging Resource)

Image credits: Photographs by Craig Gibson and used with permission

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  • Joshua Tobias George Barrett

    Wow, now THIS is an interesting idea. Really cool!

  • Peter Neill

    Its a great idea, I don’t think it really works though…The chosen opacity is too middle of the road for the similarities to be easily identified..

  • Vin Weathermon

    If these were live “morphing” it might present a bit better…but the eyes are pretty much the common part of these I think..

  • Rabi Abonour

    These are sort of headache-inducing, but I think they are absolutely fascinating.

  • Milkman

    Looks like #2 is from the milkman :-)

  • MikeAlgar42

    Actually leaving the two portraits separate I think would have been the best way to present it.

  • billcanada

    cool idea but gross portraits.