Close to 1,000 little girls who are around the same age, dressed identically, and all posed with a piece of fruit under their chins would seemingly look alike. And yet Osamu Yokonami shows us just how different they are.
The Japanese advertising and fashion photographer’s project, which is now 900-portraits strong (and that we first saw on Feature Shoot), aims to magnify the unique traits of each darling little girl exactly by making them look as alike as possible — so that their differences are even more stark. From their facial features and expressions, hair cut and length, build, posture, and arm position — they couldn’t be more distinctive.
Here’s a sampling of just how disparate you can get when you start out all the same:
Similarly Different 1 of 26
Photos by Osamu Yokonami
Lone 2 of 26
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
â€• Bernard M. Baruch
Original 3 of 26
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
â€• Ralph Waldo Emerson
Particular 4 of 26
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."
â€• Mark Twain
Singular 5 of 26
"Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else."
â€• Judy Garland
Special 6 of 26
"The things that make me different are the things that make me."
â€• A.A. Milne
Distinct 7 of 26
"If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking."
â€• Benjamin Franklin
Personal 8 of 26
"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."
â€• Coco Chanel
Sole 9 of 26
"About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all."
â€• Rita Mae Brown
Unique 10 of 26
"I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its failure to live up to these possibilities."
â€• Ayn Rand
Respective 11 of 26
"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."
â€• Friedrich Nietzsche
Exclusive 12 of 26
"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself."
â€• Michel de Montaigne
Uncommon 13 of 26
"We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other's opposite and complement."
â€• Hermann Hesse
Specific 14 of 26
"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are."
â€• Kurt Cobain
Exceptional 15 of 26
"Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."
â€• John F. Kennedy
Extraordinary 16 of 26
"The worst curse to befall anyone is stagnation, a banal existence, the quiet desperation that comes out of a need for conformity."
â€• Deepak Chopra
Separate 17 of 26
"The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first."
â€• Jim Morrison
Rare 18 of 26
"To find out what is truly individual in ourselves, profound reflection is needed; and suddenly we realize how uncommonly difficult the discovery of individuality is."
â€• C.G. Jung
Unparalleled 19 of 26
"Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion."
â€• Red Haircrow
Matchless 20 of 26
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
â€• Margaret Mead
Single 21 of 26
"I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself."
â€• Rita Mae Brown
Unrivaled 22 of 26
"To know your soul is your own, that's what counts."
â€• Marty Rubin
Standout 23 of 26
"Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation."
â€• Edward Abbey
Inimitable 24 of 26
"A chain grows weaker with each new link."
â€• Marty Rubin
Primo 25 of 26
"If I try to be like him, who will be like me?"
â€• Yiddish Proverb
Unequaled 26 of 26
For hundreds more portraits in this series, visit Osamu Yokonami's website.
All photos used with permission from Osamu Yokonami
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