by Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Friday 21 February 2014

Did you know that our faces are not symmetrical? Meaning when you split a face directly in the middle (though not in a horror movie kind of way), and you fold it, the features will not line up perfectly. Unless, of course, you’re Denzel Washington. That’s why people often want their ‘good side’ taken whenever they go in front of a camera.

‘Both Sides Of’ is a series by New York-based photographer Alex John Beck, in which he explores facial symmetry by capturing and merging the left and right sides of peoples’ portraits. Using mirror imaging, he takes the left side of a person’s face and mirrors it, creating a new face altogether. He does the same process with the right side, resulting in a side-by-side comparison of the left and right side faces.

Some of the subjects’ mirrored portraits reveal that there are indeed such things as good and bad sides. But more than that, the series makes us rethink about our concept of beauty and how symmetry influences our judgement on all things aesthetic.

UPDATE: Here’s a sneak peek at our exclusive interview with Alex John Beck.

What was the inspiration for the series, ‘Both Sides Of’?

I wanted to find a different way of shooting a transformative portrait. Rather than trying to capture an emotion, I tried to distill the various opposing emotions hidden within a face at rest.

What’s the message you’re trying to communicate by showing the two sides of a person’s face?

There’s no message, really, I think it’s more of a curiosity: revealing hidden characters.

Via My Modern Met