Just 1-2% of the world’s population have natural red hair, which makes it a really one of a kind attribute that will become a desirable selling feature that stands call at a crowd—or, in some cases, causes mockery for being different. If uncommon hair color is seen as individuality instead of an oddity, we will sleep in a more understanding world because in any case, an equivalent DNA flows in all folks beyond borders.
Over the past seven years, Scottish photographer Kieran Dodds has been traveling around the planet and meeting different people with one common feature—ginger hair. But the project isn’t almost hair. As Kieran said, it’s about connecting people across political and cultural boundaries, employing a rare goldthread.
#1 Clockwise: Steven Mckay, Esther, Rebecca (Mother), Chloe, Lois and Abigail, Scotland
Look, stare and marvel, that’s the entire point. Dodds invites people to match the portraits and enjoy the variety even without an apparently homogenous group.
#2 Alexander Soued, Scotland, Born In 2011
Kieran has made interesting discoveries in his photography project, although he mainly traveled across places that are considered hot spots of the ginger population like Scotland and the Russian city of Perm, and also Jamaica, with complex genetic inheritance.
#3 Sveta Ni, Russia, Born In 1996
These genes have traveled far across history even though they personally haven’t, due to constraints on money (this was all self-funded). In London, Dodds met gingers from across the planet, but in Scotland, he saw that you simply don’t have to travel far. One boy had an Indian great-grandfather and another had an Eastern European mother and Middle Eastern dad. He’s Scottish, but his story expands our expectations of that narrow political term.
#4 Jordan DeLeon, Jamaica, Born In 2016
#5 Nixie Connelly, Scotland
Sveta Ni, said her father’s family had a Chinese descent. Western China, Afghanistan, and North Pakistan had the oldest recorded ginger mutation in history. Spanish conquistadors, French, English, and Scottish groups of invaders have seemed to bring the mutation along with them into Jamaica who have left their legacy behind. Over time, flows of human nature are seen all over the world.
#6 Photographer’s Daughters Izzy & Ada Dodds, Scotland
#7 Jamie Hallam, Scotland, Born In 2004
#8 Lucy Fleming, Scotland, Born In 2005
Kieran has dedicated his book to his twin daughters, who have the last portrait within the book. So that they won’t feel like they are strangers. Just that they are a part of a bigger family with a larger story in the world.
#9 Marteka Nembhard, Jamaica, Born In 2005
#10 Photographer Kieran Dodds, Scotland, Born In 1980
#11 Maya Duncan-Smith, Dundee, Scotland
#12 Gilad Belkin, Israel, Born In 1988
#13 Pacey Young, Scotland
#14 Randy Wong, Jamaica, Born In 1988
#15 Chris McCabe, Scotland