Gingers of the World

Kieran Dodds

A ginger Scot himself, Kieran Dodds asked other people with red hair from around the world what it means to them to be ginger.~~The term ginger is a Scottish colloquialism for what others may term red. Globally, less than 2% of people express the hair colour, particularly in northern Eurasia, North America and Australasia. Researchers located Edinburgh as the world capital of ginger hair with 40% of the population carrying the MC1R gene but only 13% actually expressing it in their hair type.

The 1st century Roman historian Tacitus referred to the northern Britons as 'red-haired' but this red colour varies depending on genetics and environment producing a complex range from strawberry blonde to dark auburn. The colour is not superficial - it is written in the genes influencing physiology, personality and folklore. Artists have focussed on the hair colour for centuries building on its cultural significance.~~The long-held view that the genes came from elsewhere has also been challenged in recent years with the notion that they actually developed in northern Europe as an adaptation to a cloudy and dark climate over past millennia and then spread out from these hot spots across the world. Kieran Dodds asked gingers today what its like to live with the world’s rarest hair colour.~~These images are part of an ongoing photo project - to see all portraits taken so far, please click here.~

 

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