these pictures by cara phillips are of machines made solely for aesthetically altering people's appearances. in the photographer's own words, "cara phillips came to photography after spending much of her childhood in front of the camera and a stint in the beauty business. she now uses photography to explore the nature and consequences of our beauty culture." see more of cara's work right here.
[all cara phillips. from the series machines. top to bottom: beauty machine 2. 2006. beauty machine 66. 2007. beauty machine 5. 2007.]