So the question is “What do you see in a face?”
Do you see a pair of eyes? A nose? A chin? A mouth?
Do you see a life? A story? A start? An end? Everything in-between?
Do you see an expression? Love? Mistrust? Happiness? Fear? A truth? A lie?
Is it a work of art? One carefully crafted over countless centuries of the intermingling of generations, dreams, lives and genetics?
Perhaps you see something you recognize? An old friend? An ex-lover? A guide or teacher? A stranger on the street? Maybe your own reflection?
Since I was old enough to probably know better, my favorite past time has been people watching. I love looking at faces. At the worry lines, the passage of time, the curves and the muscles, the eyes and the hair line. I have notebooks full of sketches and doodles from coffee shops and libraries, all of faces and their owners. Only after I started photographing people did I truly begin to explore my fascination. As much can be said with a look as a paragraph, with a scar or a wrinkle as an autobiography.
With this group and the rest of the FACES series I explore the shape, personality and depth of faces. I look to use all kinds of media (ink, book pages, newspaper, paint) as well as photographs to share my fascination with the human visage.