The Ugly Truth
This project explores the ugliness and the beauty that exists within each of us. By drastically transforming faces from aesthetically attractive to unpleasant appearance I aim to challenge our perception of aesthetic appearance.
”Face is a symbol of personal identity. It’s the mirror, or the mask of the self. The mirror either ‘reflects’ or ‘distorts’. Our faces are us. Thus, facial disfigurement can be particularly distressing.”
How does our perception change when suddenly the aesthetic appearance of the face is changed? What emotional responses does it trigger? Do we perceive the person differently? How does this person’s perception oh himself changes when his face has been temporarily disfigured? How would he deal with being visibly different?
How it was made:
The models were asked to hold framed glass and press their face against it in order to get various face distortions.
More images http://rutmackel.com/gallery/67755/the-ugly-truth/