Face Value: Left Side, Right Side, Good Side, Bad Side

by Larry Hehn on December 31, 2012

mirror guyAt the end of each year, I like to take a few days off, recharge my batteries, and spend some extra time with family and friends. This year, I’m also putting the finishing touches on a book proposal. What a perfect time to share the 10 most popular posts of the past year here at Christian in the Rough!

Surprisingly, most of the “Top 10” were not published in 2012, so you may not have seen these in a while, if ever! Counting down the Christian in the Rough Top 10 for 2012, here’s the number one post!

Take a close look at yourself in a photograph or in the mirror, and you will likely notice that you are not symmetrical. All of us have differences between the left and right half of our faces and bodies, though some may be quite subtle.

For me, some of the differences are easy to spot. I have a tattoo on my left shoulder blade. My head is always tilted slightly to the right (the result of an old hockey injury). My nose was broken in a bizarre high-jumping accident back in high school (please don’t ask), so it curves and points slightly to the left of my face. Although I am right-handed, the left half of my upper body is noticeably more muscular than my right, especially around my neck and shoulders.

Have you ever heard someone ask a photographer to capture their “good side” when taking pictures?

Well, my “good side” is my left. Though I’m grateful for both halves of my body, I prefer the looks of my left over my right. Just for fun I took a picture of myself, divided my face down the middle, and mirrored the images to see the difference. The results were downright freaky, as you can see below.

mirror mirror

On your left is the right side of my face, mirrored. In the middle is my “normal” face. On your right is the left side of my face, mirrored.

Up until I created these pictures, I hadn’t realized what a huge difference there is between one half of my face and the other. Of course, the lighting helps. But look at the contrast! The left half of my face looks stronger, healthier, happier, more positive. The right half of my face looks weaker, less healthy, less happy, less upbeat. Both halves are my face. Both live together, side by side. But both are very different.

Isn’t it funny how it even shows up in our face?

We all have a strong side and a weak side.

A healthy side and a not-so-healthy side.

A bright side and a dark side.

A “good” side and a “bad” side.

We are a unique blend of both.

The important question is…which one do we tend to favor?

Which side are you on?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Fernando Bernardino December 31, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Wow. That mirror thing is freaky indeed. It’s interesting how you already knew which side was your “better” side.
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Larry Hehn December 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Welcome, Fernando! Yep, I had always favored my left, but was still really surprised at the difference when I isolated and mirrored the halves.


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