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Flipping faces: Upside-down portraits turn humans into aliens

South African photographer Anelia Loubser tries a simple twist on the traditional head shot -- with captivating (and pretty creepy) results.

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Two (upside down) heads are better than one. Anelia Loubser

It's amazing what a little perspective can do. For her recent series of photographs titled "Alienation," South African photographer Anelia Loubser took black and white portraits of her friends, family and other artists, cropped in tight, and then simply flipped them over.

The result is a series of pictures that make human beings look like aliens. Wrinkles in foreheads become noses and mouths, eyelashes become eyebrows, and eyebrows become a strange type of facial hair.

According to Loubser's Behance gallery for the project, "'Alienation' is a collection of portraits that challenges the viewer by using creative tactics based on the concept, 'If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change' -- Wayne Dyer.'"

The portraits are at once disturbing and completely engaging, as you can see in this gallery of the series, where you'll also find out more about Loubser's creative process and the thinking that led to such a striking series.