#1 An Early Morning With Alina From Kiev, Ukraine

An Early Morning With Alina From Kiev, Ukraine

#2 Madeline From Washington State, Usa

Madeline From Washington State, Usa

#3 Kirstie In The Scottish Highlands Of Glencoe

Kirstie In The Scottish Highlands Of Glencoe

#4 Carmen From Best, Netherlands

Carmen From Best, Netherlands

#5 Alisha From Odessa, Ukraine In The Black Sea

Alisha From Odessa, Ukraine In The Black Sea

#6 Krissy From Stuttgart, Germany

Krissy From Stuttgart, Germany

#7 Ellie From London, England

Ellie From London, England

#8 Maria From Moscow, Russia

Maria From Moscow, Russia

#9 Elias In Belfast, Northern Ireland

Elias In Belfast, Northern Ireland

#10 Gracie From Howth, Ireland

Gracie From Howth, Ireland

 

While redheads have become synonymous with Ireland and Scotland, American photographer Brian Dowling who now lives in Berlin(Germany), photographed over 130 redheads from 20 different countries for his project “Redhead Beauty”.

Red hair is the rarest hair color in the world and is caused by a gene mutation know as MC1R which affects about 1% of the world population. This gene mutation can also affect a person’s tolerance to pain, sunlight, and their hairs’ ability to gray. Red hair will instead turn blonde or pure white when you age.

Brian started this portrait project which spanned three summers to show the real beauty of red hair and wanted to help break down stereotypes people often have of redheads with his photographs. His art book “Redhead Beauty” is available on Kickstarter.