‘the ugly truth’ by rut mackel
london-based photographer rut mackel has sent designboom a series of images that are a little out of shape. the photographic project ‘the ugly truth’ explores the ugliness and the beauty that exists collectively within each of us – by drastically transforming faces from aesthetically attractive to something more unpleasant. the images were created through having framed glass pressed against the face of a model in order to encourage various face distortions. mackel offers to challenge our perception of attractiveness by provoking change through a sudden shift in appearance, and attempting to recognize what emotional responses are consequently triggered – either from the person themself or an onlooker.