Family Portraits with Visual Trickery


“One Is Not Like the Other” is a fascinating photographic series by Jocelyn Allen.

Top: “Being Grandad.”

Notes about project (from Allen’s website):

This project explores the theme of identity by looking at my closest relatives and myself. Though I moved towns at an early age the same people have been around me over the years.

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.

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. (2010)

“Being Dad.”
“Being Rebecca.”

“Being Mum.”

“Being Caralyn.”
Photos © Jocelyn Allen

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Having opened her own clothing company in her twenties, Adriana has created successful projects for over a decade in the fields of design, illustration, fashion and web. She is the award-winning designer and editor-in-chief of Scene 360's Illusion magazine. When not online, she is enjoying the quiet life walking her shih tzu at seaside. Follow the author @scene360, and see more articles here.