The Beauty of Asymmetry


When rating human beauty, there are many aspects that one must study. Composition, fitness level, distinctive features, all of these play a role in the way we perceive another person upon approach. However, of all the physical traits that we perceive, none may be as important as the traits that we notice without even trying. Of these passive traits, which include voice tonality, posture and eye contact, none are more prominent than symmetry.

Bodily symmetry has long touted as an agreeable quality in humans and facial symmetry is but one measure of it. Along with traits such as averageness and youthfulness, it influences judgements of physical attractiveness and beauty.

Still, most scientists, and even some unaware artists, agree that completely symmetric faces are disconcerting and are perceived as abnormal.

To highlight this idea of assymetry in the physical form, Turkish photographer Eray Eren took several faces and presented them as triptychs—each panel representing an original, forward-facing portrait (left photo), one that takes the left side of the subject’s face and mirrors it (center photo), and then another that does the same for the right side (right photo).

The resulting images are surprisingly different. The project, titled Asymmetry, explores the asymmetry in the human face and just how different one would look if we were to have symmetrical faces that were identical on either side. Take a look at some of the photos below. Additional shots can be seen on My Modern Met.




Category: Photography