7. REPEAT ON THE RIGHT SIDE
Merge down Second Layer Left to First Layer Left,
and you have your first reflected face. Now you can
go back to your background layer and repeat the
whole process, except this time select the right side
of the face. Finally, get rid of the guideline that you
drew at the beginning by trashing that layer.
If you want to see the asymmetry of your own
face, you don’t need a camera. From a hardware
store, buy two 12" square mirror tiles, tape 2 edges
together (so the tape forms a hinge), and angle
them 90° to each other. Then look into the angle
between the tiles.
The tiles flip your image twice, so that you see
select half of
a face and
reflect it, the
results can be
Fig. A: Dark lighting on
one side of Vice President
Dick Cheney’s face creates
a strange effect when it’s
duplicated on both sides.
Fig. B: The differences in
Senator Joe Lieberman’s
face seem subtle — until
you look more closely.
Fig. C: Late President
Ronald Reagan’s left and
right sides almost look
like 2 different people
inhabiting the same body.
yourself as other people see you instead of the way
you normally see yourself in a mirror. This doubles
the subjective appearance of all your little asym-metries — which can be disturbing, although you
should remember that other people probably don’t
notice the differences that seem obvious to you.
In any case, asymmetry doesn’t seem to be a
significant disadvantage in most occupations. It
certainly didn’t interfere with the ambitions of Dick
Cheney or Ronald Reagan.
Erico Narita is a graphic designer in New York City.