It’s often said that the more symmetrical a face someone has, the more beautiful they are; however, no one has a completely symmetrical face, so we try to emphasize our ‘good side’ when we get our picture taken.
Photographer and researcher, Julian Wolkenstein, thought it would be interesting to digitally create perfectly symmetrical portraits. In 2010, Wolkenstein cast a test group who portrayed specific, distinct facial features. He asked that they display no emotion and photographed them straight on. From each model came two photographs – one which used the right side of the face as a template from which to mirror the other side, and vice versa. He found that the two images produced were drastically different from each other and from the model’s true expression. So, is perfect symmetry an improvement? View some of the portraits below to see:
For more information, visit Wolkenstein’s website.
Images via demilked