Sunday, April 18, 2010

Seen And Not Seen

"He would see faces in movies, on TV, in magazines and in books. He thought that some of these faces might be right for him and that through the years, by keeping an ideal facial structure fixed in his mind, or somewhere in the back of his mind, that he might by force of will cause his face to approach those of his ideal. The change would be very subtle. It might take ten years or so. Gradually his face would change it's shape. A more hook nose. Wider, thinner lips. Beady eyes. A larger forehead.

He imagined that this was an ability he shared with most other people. They had also molded their faces according to some ideal. Maybe they imagined their new face would better suit their personality. Or maybe they imagined that their personality would be forced to change to fit the new appearance. This is why first impressions are often correct.

Although some people might have made mistakes. They may have arrived at an appearance that bears no relationship to them. They may have picked an ideal appearance based on some childish whim or momentary impulse.

Some have gotten half way there and then changed their minds. He wonders if he too might have made a similar mistake."


  1. I do believe it's the lyrics to Seen and Not Seen by the Talking Heads. If you Google it, you can listen to the song from Lala.

    Lovely illustration, though. Very detailed and pensive.

  2. Thanks, I did the picture but not the words, which are indeed by David Byrne.