In the Native language of Northern Zimbabwe (Shona), we have a word "Naka" meaning beautiful. Vashona.com defines it as "Full of beauty; possessing qualities that delight the senses, especially the eye or the ear, or awaken admiration or approval in the mind. Naka is a generic word for that which is pleasant to the senses."
I first begun exploring beauty a few years ago, and focused specifically on facial symmetry starting September 2015. I explored the discrepancies and variations in my own face. By photographing myself and editing my face to be symmetrical to the right and to the left, I begun to see how dynamic my features are. I realized that these are not imperfections, or errors, rather they are a uniqueness that I alone possess, they are the very essence of what makes me beautiful, and handsome, and desirable. My mouth curves more on one side than it does on the other, my eyes ark at different curves. The symmetrical images make me look weird, and no one wants to look weird. I have been photographing friends and strangers alike, exploring the environments I participate in, capturing the qualities that delight the senses, appreciating the beauty that each and every one of my subjects has. Thank you for allowing me to celebrate all of the fascinating variations that make you beautiful, that distinguish me from you and secure your uniqueness.
In the images below, I have edited them to show perfect symmetry in accordance with the left side (image on the left) then to represent the normal/asymmetrical portrait (center) and then to show perfect symmetry in accordance with the right side side (image on the right).
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