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What is a lock of hair worth?
A lock of hair signifies different things for many cultures. It can be a way to possess someone, or be about holding on to the memory of a loved one. Throughout history there have been many examples of the significance of the lock of hair, from jewellery made of it, to clips of hair attached to a photograph. It’s incredible how, with today’s technology, we can identify traits, genes, even habits from the DNA of a single strand of hair.
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The clean and near scientific approach to presenting the locks in this series, I hope, is detached from sentiment. In an attempt to strip the locks of their presumed meaning, it becomes obvious that we cannot remove the intricate, unique differences of hair to identity: physical evidence of the self.
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“We can identify traits, genes, even habits from the DNA of a single strand of hair”
Tara Bogart
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Credits

Text + Images Tara Bogart
Website tarabogart.com

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