Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but apparently most beholders’ eyes are judging beauty based on one key component – symmetry. For years we’ve been told that symmetry is one of the largest determinants in the perception of beauty. I remember when I was young and came across an article that cited Christy Turlington as one of the most beautiful women in the world, due, in large part, to her flawless bone structure and nearly symmetrical face.
More recently, I came across this Fast Company article showing Julian Wolkenstein’s project, titled Echoism, where individual faces are mirrored on both the left and right sides, creating two new (and often surprisingly different) pictures of the same person. I’m kind of dying to try this with my own face now, and see what two characters are hiding inside of me. What’s most shocking is how one half of someone’s face can be so beautiful when mirrored, while the other half can look like it’s from another world. Seems there really are two sides to every story.