Ulric Collette's work asks the essential questions about our own identity. Who are we? Where do we come from? How much do members of the same family resemble each other, and how do they differ? What is the role of genetics in the physical appearance of a person?

Ulric is a designer, graphic designer and photographer from Quebec City in Canada. He has created this unique project, where he explores his ideas by illustrating the genetic similarities between different members of the same family. From father to son (it was when photoshopping his own son's image that the idea came to him) to siblings, grandparents and cousins, Ulric explores the power of genetics across many different branches of the family tree.

Scroll down below to see Ulric's impressive work for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Grandmother/Granddaughter: Ginette, 61 And Ismaëlle, 12, 2013

Grandmother/Granddaughter: Ginette, 61 And Ismaëlle, 12, 2013

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"I started doing this genetic series in 2008 while doing a photo per day challenge," Ulric told Bored Panda. "I had made a lot of self portraiture at the time, and made the first one of me and my 7 year old son a little bit by accident while trying something really different in photoshop."

"I published it on Flickr at the time and the response was great so I decided to try it out with other people, family and friends at first and so on… The project went viral a few time since then."

"’I've made a few exhibits around the world, in Montreal, Belgium and the U.S. and featured in a few art books and magazines," Ulric continues. "I’ve also made the final at the Canne Lion in 2012 for a foundation project. My work is currently on display at the Transportation Mall Photography Exhibit at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta."

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Brothers: Christophe, 30 And Ulric, 29, 2009

Brothers: Christophe, 30 And Ulric, 29, 2009

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Sisters: Véronique, 32 And Catherine, 26, 2014

Sisters: Véronique, 32 And Catherine, 26, 2014

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Ulric would love to release a book of his work one day, although he hasn't gotten around to it just yet. "It would be great to do this with famous people and their family, maybe it could make a great book!" he said. We agree!

"There's a lot of detail in my photographs, and I've learned a lot over time on how the best light the subject and what I need in my photo for it to work," he continues. "I've received a lot of photographs from families over time and for the most part, It would not work if people just sent their photos to me."

"Most of the time the photos are too small, there are no details or the lighting is really different in the two photographs. For me, it is really important that I do the entire process by myself."


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Father/Son: Claude, 54 And Benoit, 23, 2013

Father/Son: Claude, 54 And Benoit, 23, 2013

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Sisters: Anne-Sophie, 19 And Pascale,16, 2011

Sisters: Anne-Sophie, 19 And Pascale,16, 2011

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Although Ulric is no scientist, his experience in photographing families in this way has really opened his eyes to the physical manifestations of family DNA. "I've learned a few generic facts on genetics along the way but really had no way to prove anything, unfortunately," he says. "For example, I've been told that daughters tend to look a lot like their grandmother from the father's side of the family."

Do you have a family member that you strongly resemble? What do you think about Ulric's revealing photography? Let us know what you think and feel free to share your own stories in the comments!

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Son/Mother: Kristof, 19 And Madined, 41, 2017

Son/Mother: Kristof, 19 And Madined, 41, 2017

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Mother/Daugther : Mireille, 37 And Maxim, 16, 2016

Mother/Daugther : Mireille, 37 And Maxim, 16, 2016

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Sister/Brother: Ismaëlle, 12 And Nathan, 11, 2013

Sister/Brother: Ismaëlle, 12 And Nathan, 11, 2013

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Brothers: Éric, 39 And Dany, 31, 2013

Brothers: Éric, 39 And Dany, 31, 2013

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Twins: Laurence And Christine, 20, 2009

Twins: Laurence And Christine, 20, 2009

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Brother/Sister: Jean-Philippe, 29 And Véronique, 27, 2013

Brother/Sister: Jean-Philippe, 29 And Véronique, 27, 2013

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Sisters: Élodie, 24 And Audrey, 30, 2014

Sisters: Élodie, 24 And Audrey, 30, 2014

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Mother/Daughter: Julie, 61 And Isabelle, 32, 2011

Mother/Daughter: Julie, 61 And Isabelle, 32, 2011

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Cousin: Justine, 29 And Ulric, 29, 2009

Cousin: Justine, 29 And Ulric, 29, 2009

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Daughter/Mother: Geneviève, 33 And Marie-Andrée, 55, 2013

Daughter/Mother: Geneviève, 33 And Marie-Andrée, 55, 2013

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Mother/Son: Ginette, 61 And Mathieu, 30, 2013

Mother/Son: Ginette, 61 And Mathieu, 30, 2013

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Daughter/Mother: Marilène, 35 And Réjeane, 64, 2013

Daughter/Mother: Marilène, 35 And Réjeane, 64, 2013

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Sister/Brother: Pascale, 45 And David, 36, 2013

Sister/Brother: Pascale, 45 And David, 36, 2013

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Brothers: Loyd, 30 And Jean-Philippe, 27, 2013

Brothers: Loyd, 30 And Jean-Philippe, 27, 2013

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Twins: Christine And Laurence, 25, 2014

Twins: Christine And Laurence, 25, 2014

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Sisters: Justine, 34 And Émilie, 36 2013

Sisters: Justine, 34 And Émilie, 36 2013

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Brothers: Dany, 31 And Éric, 39, 2013

Brothers: Dany, 31 And Éric, 39, 2013

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Sister/Brother: Geneviève, 33 And Jean-Michel, 30, 2013

Sister/Brother: Geneviève, 33 And Jean-Michel, 30, 2013

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Sisters: Catherine, 23 And Véronique, 29, 2010

Sisters: Catherine, 23 And Véronique, 29, 2010

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Daughter/Mother: Marie-Andrée, 55 And Claudette, 81, 2013

Daughter/Mother: Marie-Andrée, 55 And Claudette, 81, 2013

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Brothers: Mathieu, 26 And Ulric, 29, 2009

Brothers: Mathieu, 26 And Ulric, 29, 2009

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Cousins: Ulric, 34 And Justine, 34, 2013

Cousins: Ulric, 34 And Justine, 34, 2013

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Sisters: Gabrielle, 28 And Léa, 25, 2011

Sisters: Gabrielle, 28 And Léa, 25, 2011

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Mother/Daughter: Johanne, 54 And Roxane, 22, 2012

Mother/Daughter: Johanne, 54 And Roxane, 22, 2012

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Father/Son: Laval, 56 And Vincent, 29, 2009

Father/Son: Laval, 56 And Vincent, 29, 2009

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