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Mask of Perfection: Marc Erwin Babej.

A NEW SERIES by photographer Marc Erwin Babej, "Mask of Perfection," examines the gulf between subjective ideals of beauty and the plastic surgeon's standards of facial perfection.

Working with plastic surgeon Maria M. LoTempio, Babej selected twelve beautiful young women, then asked LoTempio to make preoperative marks on their faces showing the surgical changes that would make them more symmetrical and "perfect."

Facial symmetry is known to play a major role in how we perceive physical attractiveness in others. Should we be concerned that a perfectly symmetrical face is no longer a gift only nature can bestow, but is becoming an attribute anyone can order off the menu? Babej says his photographs aren't meant to provide an easy answer.

"This style of representation aims to prevent knee-jerk 'for' or 'against' reactions," he says in his artist's statement, "and instead to inspire individual reflection:'

Online: Marc Erwin Babej

Maria M. LoTempio

Caption: PATIENT M.A., AGE 24: Botox injected into the forehead, to minimize wrinkles. Filler injected into the philtrum and lower lip, to even out asymmetries. Filler injected into the left nasolabial fold and left cheek, to correct depressions.

Caption: PATIENT N.R., AGE 27: Filler under the eyes, nasolabial folds, and partly to the lips, to create a more youthful appearance. Botox injected into the forehead and between the eyes, to smooth out asymmetries.

Caption: PATIENT D.I., AGE 25: Filler injected into the nasolabial folds, marionette lines on the left and the philtrum, to even out depressions and asymmetries. Rhinoplasty to be performed, to straighten out the nose and build up the dorsum.

Caption: PATIENT J.Z., AGE 20: Filler placed in the nasolabial folds, lips, and cheeks, to even out asymmetries. Botox injected into the region between the eyes, to minimize wrinkling. Narrowing of the nose tip and smoothing of the dorsal hump, to create a more feminine nose.

Caption: PATIENT S.G., AGE 23: Botox injected into the crow's-feet, to minimize wrinkles. Filler injected into the nasolabial folds, to even out depressions. Filler injected into the upper lip and and philtrum, for more symmetry.

Caption: PATIENT A.A., AGE 25: Botox injected into the muscles of the forehead and crow's-feet, to minimize wrinkles. Filler injected into the nasolabial folds, to smooth out the depressions. Filler injected into the cheekbones, to create a more symmetrical look.

Editions and single prints from "Mask of Perfection" will be available beginning in October from Adamson Gallery ( in Washington, DC, and Amstel Gallery ( in Amsterdam. The series will also be shown at the (E)merge Art Fair in Washington, DC, and Pulse Art Fair in Miami Beach.


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Title Annotation:PORTFOLIO
Author:Salamony, Sandra
Publication:Spirituality & Health Magazine
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2013
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