The Ugly Truth by Rut Mackel Explores the Idea of Identity

By: Meghan Young - Published: Jan 17, 2013 • References: rutmackel & visualnews
The Ugly Truth photo series explores the relation between attractiveness and identity. In this case, normal-looking people have disfigured their faces using the help of a clear pane of glass in order to delve into the issue of self- and social-acceptance. They pressed their faces up against it for different distortions. Although similar to the Scotch Tape Series by Wes Naman, The Ugly Truth takes on a more serious tone.

Put together by London-based photographer Rut Mackel, The Ugly Truth photo series shows how perceptions change when looks change. According to Mackel, "Face is a symbol of personal identity. It’s the mirror, or the mask of the self. The mirror either ‘reflects’ or ‘distorts’. Our faces are us. Thus, facial disfigurement can be particularly distressing." Stats for Faux Disfigured Faces Trending: Older & Buzzing
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