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Old Apr 17, 2004, 4:57 PM   #1
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Default Seeing Double: A little experiment

I mentioned in one of the threads that, if you divide a face exactly in half, then flip one of the halves horizontally and match it up in the middle, the difference between the two sides of our faces becomes far more apparent.

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barb - fantastic concept and wonderful execution! I have known all my life mine would look awful that way - one eyebrow arches, I have a crooked grin, etc.
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And one side is the objective and powerful and the other side the philosophical and artistic. Your experiment demonstrates this perhaps in a more visual way than at any other time in history! This may be one for the science books.

I see "Thor" on the left and "Plato" on the right.
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very cool! funny how one of the faces is thinner than the other....
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Old Apr 18, 2004, 10:59 AM   #5
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This may be one for the science books.
The idea isn't original with me. I saw it on one of the science TV channels several years ago, and it has stayed in my mind since.

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funny how one of the faces is thinner than the other....
Yes, and the difference is enough that I sat staring at my friend's face trying to figure out if one side was really that much broader than the other. It's not a huge difference, but it's there. It's the doubling of the difference that makes it seem so much bigger than it really is.

I've threatened myself with doing it to one of my own pictures. Trouble is, the whole concept requires self-destructive tendencies, which I've yet to develop. On purpose, anyway.
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Hmmm - that might prove interesting - but as a twist, we could make a self-portrait - our photo, but manipulate it to reflect who we are or what we THINK we look like. That might be a fun one for me to piddle with when I'm bored sometime - a conceptual self-portrait, if you will.
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That could be a problem for me. I'm an 18-year-old in a 58-year-old body. The inner concept has precious little to do with the outer concept.
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Exactly my point! If we were to each show a self-portrait it would look precious little like a portrait done by a neutral observer.
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