No matter how much we all want to say that we accept our flaws, we always find ourselves looking in the mirror wishing that someone would change some feature that we don’t particularly like. Even, if it’s just in a photograph.
Scott Chasserot is a London based photographer who has a degree in psychology, and now a project called Original Ideal where he was able to apply his degree professionally. In this revolutionary and original photo project, he combines portrait photography, Photoshop, and brainwave scanners, to reveal how people wish they looked in real life. It might sound like a complicated process that involves a lot of technology, but simply put the photographer asked for 13 volunteers to pose for a single headshot against a plain background. After which, he manipulated their facial features using an editing software.
Then, Scott presented them with these edited versions while his volunteers were attached to a brain scanner in order to determine which version they liked the most. He was able to tell which photo was their favorite by looking for positive emotional responses among the resulting brain scans.
“Original Ideal combines portrait photography and neuroscience to isolate the subjects’ ideal self-image, a cerebrally sincere preference obtained by circumventing conscious thought.” Scott wrote on his official website.
You can see for yourself the results below in this gallery, compiled by 9gag.