How many times we complained about a nose a little crooked an eyebrow a bit higher than the other, a slightly smaller eye? Often think that the more harmonious and beautiful faces are those perfectly symmetrical. It was wrong according to Alex John Beck, the author of these photos.
With the help of Photoshop the photographer has created “special” portraits of his models, achieving perfectly symmetrical versions of the left side or the right side of the face. The result has been collected in the photographic project Both Sides Of. The first of the pictures you see, the left one, was obtained with only the left side of the model’s face, also mirrored symmetrically on the right side. The right photo, on the contrary, was created reflecting from both sides the right part of the face of the woman.
What the photographer has failed, however, is the original photo of his subjects : “I wanted to avoid that the viewer continues to make comparisons with the original version,” he explained ,”after all , that’s just a boring portrait.” For those who want at all costs to see the true face of these people, the photographer may want to print both portrait and juxtapose them by bending one of the two parts.
With his experiment, Beck wants to prove that the stereotype of beauty without imperfections and asymmetries is totally unfounded.”I think these faces missing character” he explained , “and the beauty is more about personality than some arbitrary parameters.»
Since Beck often works with models from particularly well- proportioned faces, some of these photos do not give transparent big differences .
But there is one detail that caught the attention of the author of the project: the eyes. According to Beck, the right version, obtained with the right side of the face, shows a more watchful eye and mind of the left, from a little less concentrated. The effect is particularly visible in the photos of this guy.