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Proud to be red

 red heads everywhere with his latest project.
David Rann, from Dudley, is studying an MA Fine Art at the School of Art & Design and decided he would document the many different shades of red hair in pictures.Proud to be red
He got the idea as his wife has auburn hair, and his 18-month-old daughter is showing signs of red too.
David, 43, who has a studio in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, says: “Ever since I lived in Spain for a few years, which is more or less ginger-free zone, I've come to appreciate the aesthetic qualities of redheads. I wanted to produce a series of photographs that celebrate the wonderful range of colours and other physical traits of Melanocortin-1 Receptor which causes red hair, such as freckles.
“I photograph each participant in identical circumstances - white background, and white or no clothing - so that only the hair and skin colours are present in the pictures.
“I want the whole spectrum of red hair to be represented – everything from strawberry blonde to dark auburn.”
Red hair is a recessive trait so both parents need to carry the gene to produce a red haired child. It can skip generations and reappear if both parents have the gene, regardless of their own hair colour.
David has had an amazing response to his request for redheads but is still keen to hear from men. If you would like to be involved, please contact David Rann via his website  or email him at
The images will feature in a forthcoming exhibition at the University.

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Picture: Matt Lester, photographed by David Rann.
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