​Double exposures: Photographing look-alikes

Seeing double comes with the territory at one photographer's studio. Anthony Mason shows us why:

When his subjects show up at a shoot in Atlanta, photographer Francois Brunelle sometimes does a double-take.

Brunelle is shooting a series of photographs on "doppelgangers." His subjects are not twins.


Charlie Chasen and Michael Malone are not even related. "Our mothers don't see the resemblance," Michael told Mason. "And when I met Charlie, I didn't see the resemblance, either."

Christy Walker and Stephanie Kazar aren't related, either.

"It's very rare you find your own twin," said Walker, who hails from Georgia; Kazar is originally from Ohio.

Lindsey Sampson and Ayanna Bryant didn't meet until they shared a room in college.

"The day I moved in, she walked into the dorm and my mom was like, 'Oh my God! She's your twin!'" laughed Bryant.

Mason said to Brunelle, "You could drive yourself mad" with his subjects.

"Yeah, I'm already mad, so that's fine," he laughed. "The mad Canadian!"

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Francois Brunelle photographs Stephanie Kazar and Christy Walker in Atlanta.
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The 64-year-old photographer had the idea for the project after someone said he looked like the actor Rowan Atkinson's character, Mr. Bean.

He didn't see the resemblance at first: "Because until that moment I thought I was a little bit like Mr. Dean, James Dean!"

Then he had a dream: "I'll find two identical people, I'll bring them together, and then when they meet they will be in shock," Brunelle said. "And then I will take a picture of them. And that will be amazing to look at this picture. That was my dream!"

He's been photographing these dopplegangers for 14 years.

His first subjects, Canadians, he brought to his home studio in Montreal.

One couple looks like they could be brother and sister. Two girls -- born on the same day! -- though one's parentage is Hungarian, the other's from India.

Word about Brunelle's project began to spread over the Internet. He received emails from people all over the world -- the United States, South America, Europe, New Zealand.

"It's such a simple idea, but it's strangely powerful," said Mason.

"Yeah, and it's a total mystery to me -- I'm still amazed," said Brunelle. "I receive emails every day. I just received one today, and I see people still are fascinated by the idea."