On the left is Canadian-born artist Francois Brunelle. On the right is Mr. Bean. Brunelle was inspired by his resemblance to the Rowan Atkinson character and set out on his own mission: To search the world far and wide for people who strongly resemble each other, yet aren't related.
According to the artist's FAQ page, he chose black and white to shine focus on "the essential similarities in facial structure between two look-alikes." They're not told to dress alike, but coincidences like what these two fellows are wearing do crop up.
Other coincidences pop up between these lookalikes. Brunelle told NPR about how once, he thought he saw a friend's husband working at the bank but when he called his name, he realized he found a doppelgänger. "I did the picture with the two men; it was fun to see them. Each one has two children, they were about the same age, and they were [both] looking for a new spouse. It was very funny."
While some people might be unsettled by having a doppelgänger out there, Francois has found the opposite attitude. He told NPR, "You would be surprised how many people on this planet are looking for their doppelgänger. I've gotten many emails over the years from Chinese people who are asking me, 'Could you please find my lookalike so I can have something to relate to?'"
If someone feels alone in the world, finding a person who looks like you would be a huge comfort. According to NPR, Brunelle attributes it to the world we live in. Social media connects us, but it also isolates us.