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Kickstarting: See A Photographer Transform Himself Into His Fans

A photographer becomes a flesh mirror for strangers on the Internet.

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If you saw Hawaiian photographer Cheyne Gallarde walking down the street, he might resemble an eight-year-old girl dressed for her second-grade photo, or a hipster cyclist, or even little old you, cowlick and all.

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This is “Twinsies,” a study in what Gallarde calls “character art.” He asks people to send in portraits of themselves, which they’d like him to mimic. He does so, in many cases to a startling degree.

Gallarde started a Kickstarter campaign in 2012, promising a twin portrait to each backer. The project was funded and he is currently compiling the series into a book called Universe of One.


About the author

Jennifer Miller is the author of The Year of the Gadfly (Harcourt, 2012) and Inheriting The Holy Land (Ballantine, 2005). She's a regular contributor to Co.Create.

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