Photographing famous redheads like Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore and Amy Adams, Brian Dowling is quite well known in the photographic entertainment business. His most recent project however, is turning heads, all because of everyday female redheads.
As an American photographer based in Berlin, he spent the last 3 summers visiting 20 countries, capturing the portraits of more than 130 women. More specifically, red haired women.
His goal? To show off this rare beauty like never seen before. With only 2% of the average population claiming this fiery hair color, both parents have to possess the recessive MC1R gene. Even then, usually only 25% of offspring are born red headed.
Most think of Ireland and Scotland as an association to the color, and rightfully so as they possess 10% and 13% of the world’s red headed population, but his journey around the world has proven they come from all nationalities. Ranging from dark auburn to golden copper, proudly showing off their most precious locks as well as other characteristics like freckles and milky pale skin redheads are well known for.
Dowling is bringing his work together in his latest art book, known as Redhead Beauty, which is to be published through the hopeful process of a successful kickstarter campaign. He has noted that all the photographs he has captured are raw, no makeup artist present, no special lighting or excessive Photoshop. He further explains, “I wanted it to be obvious these photos are real reflections of the model and for people to end their stereotypes of redheads.”