Physiognomy


Physiognomy (2012)

- is a term created after the experiments of Dr. Hugh Welch Diamond, who was both a photographer and a psychiatrist in the late part of the 19th century.

Physiognomy (from the Gk. physis meaning "nature" and gnomon meaning "judge" or "interpreter") is the assessment of a person's character or personality from his outer appearance, especially the face.

Practice of Diamond eventually led to the adoptation of photography in matters of law enforcement as a method of identifying a person - i.e. Mug Shots.

With the use of present day software technology I decided to combine both essential views of a person into one. Such a method, in my opinion, allows for a wider interpretation of one's personality through visual means. I call these images expanded portraits.

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