Both Sides Of is a series by photographer Alex John Beck that explores the definition of physical beauty. Each image in the British-born, New York-based photographer's collection is a composite offering two sets of symmetrical faces. One image takes the left half of the subject's face and mirrors it into the beauty shot of a seemingly whole face, while the adjacent portrait offers a similarly symmetrical rendition of the right side of the face.

Beautiful faces, both in fashion and real life, are often described as symmetrical. As such, Beck decided to reproduce the faces of several people, as though each half of their face was a mirrored replica of the other. Neither of the portraits in each pair of images offers a realistic portrayal of the subject, but rather a greatly manipulated version. It reveals how unsymmetrical faces really are and how different one would look, were they to be completely equal on both sides. The series also forces one to think about the definition of beauty.

Alex John Beck website
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  • Perfect Beauty

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  • Read the blog (below) and found it very interesting. As a painter (I used to do a lot of portraits, but poetry has taken over my life the last few year!) but when I did portraits or analyzed portraits of the masters, it was obvious that the face is very asymmetrical. But then, so too are our hands and feet, as your manicurist will tell you and then you'll see for yourself. My left hand, which I rarely used, is much more "elegant" than my right, the work-a-holic hand! Actually our body itself is not symmetrical, and neither (as my hairdresser informed me once) is our hair nor its textures. We must be like snowflakes: very complex as individuals, and no two of us alike.

  • Love this work!
    I actually do this as part of my work as a Psychosomatic Therapist with helping others to understand the connections between the body, emotions & mind. By doing this split you are observing the difference between the analytical/structured side and the creative/spirit side of each person. Happy for you to contact me if you want to know more about it. Here is a blog I did a while ago about it

  • It seems to be true, you can have a 'good' side.

  • Look impressive. (similar to my work can be found here) Asymmetry :)

  • Janet Lee Butler, I also found it fascinating that, for me at least, the left side seems to be more harmonious and more refined. :)

  • It would have been interesting to see the natural face as well. I also found it fascinating that, for me at least, the right side (THEIR right side, left facing us) seems to be more harmonious and more refined.

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