Exactitude Series
Courtesy Photo: Exactitude (left) Holly Hobbies – Limburg 2009 (right)  Cappuccio Girls – Milano 2011

We all like to think we’re different. After all, we like different music, different foods…different clothes.

Or do we?

If you ask Dutch photographer Ari Versluis and his creative partner Ellie Uyttenbroek, they would tell you that—at least when fashion is concerned—you’re all one in the same.

In the last 15 years, Versluis and Uyttenbroek have worked on Exactitudes, a photo project that captures street life and urban wear from different cultures and societies around the world.

Twelve individual images of people are combined together to make up one “Exactitude.”

Those individuals are grouped according to similar fashion and poses. The final images are striking—viewers see one image that conveys the uniformity and singularity between the twelve people.

And as a result, Verslius and Uyttenbroek have created an anthropological record that demonstrates how people, through style (fashion) and attitude (pose) innately seek to conform to society by way of dress, as well as stand-out in a crowd, by way of movement.

In layman’s terms—we ain’t that special, no matter what our moms say.

Suddenly, the entire cast of Jersey Shore makes so much sense now.