Symmetrical Portraits is a well-known and oft-imitated series of photos by photographer Julian Wolkenstein, shot back in 2010. After picking a number of subjects based on their facial features, he photographed them staring blankly straight-on into the camera. He then split the faces down the middle in order to obtain two separate “portraits” showing what the subject would look like if they had a perfectly symmetrical face.
What happens if you take photos of synchronized swimming shot at the Olympics and flip them upside-down? Ethereal beauty, that’s what.
The Huffington Post did this experiment yesterday using photographs shot by Getty and AFP photographers. The results are magical.
Unless you’re constantly staring at photos of yourself, the image that comes to mind when you think of your own appearance is most likely not what other people (and cameras) see, since mirrors show us a flipped image of ourselves. With this in mind, Los Angeles-based photographer Juan Luis Garcia is working on a project titled Face Value:
I photograph people looking at themselves through a two-way mirror. I then flip the image horizontally to show their reflection so that we get to see what the subject saw when they were looking into the mirror. It’s amazing how unique our reflections are compared to how others see our faces. The question then becomes, what do these people see when they stare into their own eyes? [#]
You can find more of these images and an interview with Garcia here.
Face Value (via Profoto)
This photograph by Jimmay Bones, titled “Eye of the City“, shows a mirrored cityscape of New York City. It’s neat how the Empire State Building is connected to itself, transformed into a giant pillar holding up the “sky”. The photo reminds us of Simon Gardiner’s vortograph of the Champs-Élysées that we shared recently.
You can find a higher-res version of this image here.
Eye of the City (via WE AND THE COLOR)
Image credit: Photograph by Jimmay Bones and used with permission