Yes Officer, he had an undulating closure line…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather will feature scattered crystal hues, pockets of iridescence, a small paper bag of soft white clouds and a lone parsnip left on the top of a wall slowly going brown in the palpable sunshine.

‘Yes sir, I know he was running, and it was a dark night, but you must have glimpsed his face as he passed under that street light…’
‘Well constable, I… he definitely had ears…’

Yes, it’s time for another look into that strange and surprisingly interesting old junk shop book Looking at Faces and Remembering Them, A Guide to Facial Identification (1971) by Jacques Penry facial topographer and inventor of the Penry Facial Identification Technique Photo-Fit.

DSCN3661Mm… I think I’ll say that again, but in front of a mirror… Mm…
How about a page of nice mouths dear reader?…


WP DSCN3666So, which one do you think is the chap who is getting ready to hit you?…
No, but seriously, let’s see what Jacques has to tell us about mouths:
Since the mouth is the most vital agent in human conversation and the channel for a range and variety of outgoing sounds, from the faintest whisper or murmur to loudest shout or shrillest scream, it follows that the ideally expressive mouth shape is wide and ample, and that its muscle system is particularly flexible and adaptable to articulation of sound in the form of words and music. (The quality of such utterances depends, of course, on other factors such as intelligence, sensitivity, creativity and training.) Thus the mouths of effective orators (even of the soap box variety), singers, linguists, mimics and ventriloquists are notable for their elasticity and/or curvaceous line of closure; and even if the vocal skill is potentially or entirely amateur, used only for the pleasure of talking, or participating in amateur drama, singing or debate, the elasticity of the mouth shape will reveal the aptitude…’

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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