Well worth the trip, I’d say.
Photographer Travels Around the World to Capture the Unique Beauty of Red Hair
Entertainment photographer Brian Dowling has photographed famous redheads like Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore, and Amy Adams, but his newest project focuses on the beauty of everyday female redheads. Dowling, an American photographer based in Berlin, spent three summers visiting 20 countries, where he shot portraits of more than 130 women with red hair.
His aim is to show the beauty and diversity in this rarest of hair colors. Just 2% of the population can claim this fiery hair color, which is caused by both parents having the recessive MC1R gene. Even with both parents carrying the gene, their offspring only have a 25% of being born with red hair.
Many associate red hair with Scotland and Ireland, with 13% and 10% of the world’s natural redheads respectively, but Dowling’s around the world jaunt proves they come from all nationalities. From dark auburn to golden copper, each woman proudly shows her locks, as well as other characteristics like the freckles and pale skin redheads are known for.
Actually, as strong a bias as I’ve always had for redheads myself, the spotted-ginger type never was my thing. It’s those fair, clear-skinned redheads with the electrifying blue or green eyes that always got my rapt attention. The girl from “Odessa, Ukraine” is so damned tantalizingly babe-a-licious I’d move there like a shot, if I thought had a hope in Hell of locating her. It’s quite the collection, I assure you fellas.
Meh. Gingers have always made me give credence to David Icke’s secret Reptiliods in charge of the Deep State theories.
Heh. As a dark-haired guy with a red-headed mother, does that make me half-reptiloid? File under ‘Things my parents never told me’ I guess. 🙂
I’ve always had my suspicions about you, Haz. 🙂
(Full disclosure: I can make fun of redheads because I are one. Auburn hair runs in my mom’s side of the family, and I caught it too. Of course, now I’m a gray hair…)
I had red-brown hair when little, which gradually darkened so it was solid, dark brown by the time I was 20. My hair never turned grey, choosing to recede instead. My beard had a lot of red until it turned grey, but I don’t really grow a beard, just don’t bother to shave more than every couple weeks. Laziness for the win, yo.
“My hair never turned grey, choosing to recede instead.”
I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, “better turning grey than turning loose.” And then there are those of us who are, um, lucky enough to get to enjoy both.
Eh, losing my hair has never bothered me except for getting sunburn on my scalp.
Besides, it gives me a good tale of woe: I got married on my 30th birthday. Within about three months a couple friends were teasing me that I was starting to get a little light on top. Yes, my first wife was so bad that she made my hair fall out.
A couple observations –
There is a girl pictured from Longford, Ireland. Longford was the first city I spent the night in on my first trip to Ireland. Nice small Irish town.
Ukraine – the first time I went there I was stunned by the beauty of the women. They don’t do ugly or plain there. And after many years traveling through Asian countries, India, and Bangladesh, it was quite refreshing to walk around and see blue eyed people everywhere and men as tall as myself.
No wonder Charlie Brown flipped over the Red Haired Girl.