It is summer in Lebanon and anthropologists from around the world are arriving to this small country to study a cultural phenomenon that has baffled scientists for many years. I am referring to what is known as ASAS “Acute shape alteration syndrome” that takes place during summer weddings; It is when women alter the configuration of their faces with excessive use of maquillages and arrange their hair to mimic erupting volcanoes filled with meringue, putting to shame all the emo and punk hairstyles in the western world. They also fit their bodies into handcrafted cleavage-enhancing pseudo dresses dyed with crossbred colors of the visual spectrum.
Men on the other hand, wear their black and white suits that they usually wear to work and enjoy the game of decrypting the faces of the ladies trying to find out who is who from their family and friends.
I hope this year that science would come one step closer to demystifying this behavior.
This picture I took using my new Canon EOS 1100D SLR, shows a Lebanese female traditional ASAS. A lovely specimen.