Did you know that you have a very nice central corridor?…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured letter of the alphabet is the capital ‘Q’.
Such a stylish and poised letter is the capital ‘Q’, far more elegant than her twin brother the ordinary ‘O’. See how she slides her foot to one side as if she is about to sashay off to the left…

‘So sir, what did the miscreant look like?…’
‘Well, he… he was sort of… was he ginger?… er…’
‘Here sir, perhaps this book will help…’

Yes, it’s time to peek again into that fascinating junk shop book, Looking at Faces and Remembering Them (1971) by Jacques Penry, Facial Topographer and inventor of the Penry Facial Identification Technique, Phot-Fit.

DSCN3661So, what shall it be today dear reader? How about a glance at page 26 which explains the ins-and-outs of ‘The Central Corridor’?

DSCN3809Actually this is quite remarkable, it shows the same set of eyes nose and mouth placed on differently shaped heads. Oh that Jacques, he’s so observant and clever!
Let’s see what Jacques has to say about looking at faces close up:
At very short range (about an arm’s length or shorter) we instinctively look at the ‘central corridor’ and most clearly see the details of this inner section’s eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth and the many finer points of each… (If the face is speaking to us we tend to watch the lip movements which assist our hearing; if we are addressing the face we invariably watch the eyes to ascertain the effect or impact of our words; otherwise any quick glance at a face usually is usually directed at a point between the eyes, namely the bridge of the nose.) At this short range out attention is likely to be held so exclusively by eye and mouth areas that the rest of the face, its ‘borders’ or outline, may be seen only vaguely and later defy recollection.

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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