Is it just me, or does the guy in the bottom left look really weird? What is causing the distortion?

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Anti-UK protesters outside the British embassy in Tehran on January 12, 2020. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks like just about any smartphone camera. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 8:22

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It's a typical result of rectilinear projection with a very wide angle lens. It's compounded by the hand being much closer, relatively, than the face to the camera.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Yes, wide angle rectilinear lenses will distort the edges of the frame, look at the size of his fist. If you are ever forced to shoot a group of people with a wide angle lens, don't put the overweight people on the ends! \$\endgroup\$
    – Mattman944
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 3:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Mattman944 - Don't put any vain skinny people there either... \$\endgroup\$
    – AndyT
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 14:23

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