Artist Proves that Men’s Faces Aren’t Much Different than Women’s

It’s long been said that the devil is in the details. Is it also safe to say, at least visually, that masculinity is in the minutiae?

A photographic series created by French-Canadian artist and photographer Ulric Collette provokes fascinating questions about the nuances in men and women’s faces that we interpret as gender.

Collette, in his series “Genetic Portraits,” digitally composited photographs of pairs of genetic relatives (two sisters’ faces, two cousins’ faces, a father’s face with his son’s face) to make up a single face.

While each edited photograph in his series is fascinating in its own right, the most glaringly interesting (or surprising, depending on your perspective) is how naturally a man’s face blends with a woman’s face. If you were to remove facial and head hair from the equation, what are the nuances that distinguish men from women in these images?

Twin brother and sister: Alex and Sandrine, age 20.
Sister and brother: Karine, 29 and Danny, 25
Cousins: Justine, 29 and Ulric, 29
Daughter and Father: Ariane, 13 and Andre, 55
Father and Daughter: Daniel, 60 and Isabelle, 32