Personal Project: Facial Symmetry

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I’m predominantly a Portrait photographer - I photograph people, young people, old people, big people, small people…people in business, people with their loved ones. I’m fascinated by faces, expression and character. This year I wanted to explore facial symmetry as a personal project.

At first my results were a little skewed because I soon realised that if my subject wasn’t looking 100% straight at the camera, their facial flips would look really quite odd…Easier said than done - this proved to be quite hard to achieve.

Following the red lines up from the neck incision, you will notice that it cuts the face in completely different locations, which resulted in the one half being abnormally thin and visa versa.

Following the red lines up from the neck incision, you will notice that it cuts the face in completely different locations, which resulted in the one half being abnormally thin and visa versa.

Here you will notice that all the incision lines cross the face at the same place making for a much truer representation of her symmetrical results.

Here you will notice that all the incision lines cross the face at the same place making for a much truer representation of her symmetrical results.

I put a call out to my local network of friends in the area to see who were brave enough to sit for this experiment in symmetry…Clearly parents were far more reserved than the young ones who didn’t even blink twice at the thought. Let look at some of my willing participants who wasn’t scared off by the results and enjoyed the experience for what it was worth.

We also wanted to keep the session light hearted and fun, especially for the little ones. I did a series of these when my eldest two were a little younger and they are some of my most treasured collection of images…before you know it they are all grown up and refuse to pull silly faces for the camera. So kiddos from this session were asked to give me their best facial expressions. They were awesome and made for plenty of giggles!