Facial symmetry is considered to be a trait that few people have and something that makes them more beautiful. Of course, if the symmetry is natural, that may be true (for some, at least). But let’s see what happened when fashion photographer Alex John Beck decided to photograph regular people and then make symmetrical versions of each person’s face, by using first the left and then the right side.
Beck took a portrait of each person and then divided it into the left and right side of the face. Then he mirrored each to create symmetrical portraits from each side.
For people with more naturally symmetrical faces, the effect is far more subtle.
For each portrait session, he made the symmetrical version immediately so that he could show his subjects.
Those with more symmetrical faces were pleased with the results.
According to Beck, in most cases, subjects looked more like a long-lost sibling than a version of him or herself.
People with less symmetrical faces were less enthusiastic, even if one of the portraits looked very flattering.
The effect was disturbing for some.
Certain features get pronounced in each portrait. This man’s face and neck looks thin from his left side, but far more thick and full on the right.
Beck says that they tried to maintain the structural integrity of each face because they wanted each one to look realistic.
Beck declined to include the original portrait of each person because then people would focus on finding the differences between the faces. Instead, he wanted viewers to look critically at each face by itself.