I really wanted to do a set of women with braids but didn’t come up with enough examples. While I was looking though I noticed all these women with great long straight hair. There were so many I could have done a bunch of sets and that’s something I’ll probably do. To get the ball rolling I’ve decided to focus on women with long straight dark hair. It may remind people of the framed faces set and maybe it is similar; that’s OK though, I still think these faces are great and hope you will too.
Today is my pal Matt’s birthday. Unexpectedly and happily I saw him last night at a bar in Framingham. Through a strange set of conversations with people I don’t really know over the past couple of days I came to know it was his birthday (even before I saw it on Facebook). I really appreciated seeing him last night and having the opportunity to talk and catch up a little. Hopefully we’ll see each other before too long. Anyway, Matt, Happy Birthday!
It’s Wednesday, which means a set that includes women and men. In some ways it’s the trickiest day of the week since it isn’t always easy to find common denominators (not that it’s that hard either). For some reason green popped into my head today and so I sent with it. I’ve done green eyes in the past but today’s set features men and women wearing green clothing or hats. Finding a dozen was a breeze. Winnowing them down was a bigger challenge.
Here in Boston it would be easy to fall back on photos of people wearing Celtics gear but I didn’t take that route. No, I went through to find people who were wearing green in non-sports related ways. I hope you enjoy the fruits of my efforts.
We got fooled up here in New England. Mid-March and the mercury hit the mid-80s. Summer was in the air, people were heading to the beach and it was as if we’d got from a mild winter straight into the dog days of August. Not so fast though – a week later and the temperature had dropped by 50 degrees. We’re back in to nights of frost. Brrrr.
It’s this variability that leads to taking a layered approach to dressing. Now I think men should always wear a t-shirt if they’re wearing a button-down shirt but today’s photos are of men who have made their layers a little more than that. Their underlayers are either in a contrasting color or being worn beneath an open shirt. These fellows have made their layers part of their look rather than just a functional element of their outfits. They help keep them warm while allowing them to remove layers to keep pace with our whacky weather.
I liked Friday’s “no eye contact” theme and decided to do it again for women this time. To find the images I went back to my first set of 1000faces. I love looking through the early sets and recalling the people I’ve met and the occasions that I’ve photographed. Give them a look. I hope you’ll enjoy them.
Sometimes people ask me how I take my pictures. The process is very direct and simple. I walk up to a person and say something clever like, “Hi, excuse me, can I take your picture?” More often than not everyone says sure. When I actually take their pictures there’s no mistaking what I’m doing. I am typically only a few feet from whoever’s photography I’m taking. The result is usually a picture of someone staring directly into the lens. I think it’s cool.
As I reviewed images for today’s set I noticed a few guys who don’t look into the lens. They glanced up or down or right or left. It was almost as if they were trying to avoid looking at me. That’s not easy given how in-their-face I am. Sometimes the men are genuinely distracted, other times they’re trying to give me their “good side” and in others they think it’s a good pose. To each their own. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.
Some times it’s tough to come up with a theme. I was worried that was going to be the case today. Thank goodness it wasn’t! I knew today’s set would need to feature women (I have a difficult calculus of gender equality that I can’t really explain) but what would it be? I was thinking triangles to start with but suddenly found myself looking at shadows and decided to do enshadowed faces. I know it isn’t a word but it’s exactly what I was thinking about while I chose which photographs to share. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do. Let me know what you think.
I have a lot to learn about recognizing subtle differences in people’s faces. I’ve heard people talk about how similar all faces are: two eyes, a nose and a mouth framed by hair on the top and outlined by the chin and jaw below. But come on, within each of these elements there are countless variations – and that’s to say nothing of ears, cheekbones or facial hair! Today I was going to do a set of similarly-shaped faces but came across one of a man with a cleft chin and decided to go in a different direction.
Some of the men in these pictures have really pronounced clefts while others have dimples or just a shade of an indent. I don’t know how one defines a cleft but in my book these all count.
Since most of the time I’m photographing people’s faces I miss out on a lot of other aspects of them. I can’t really create sets or comment on their clothes (though I do some times) or their shoes or whatnot. It’s also rare that I get photos of people’s tattoos. It seems most people (but not all) are reluctant to get something as permanent as a tattoo on their face. I think that’s a wise decision myself. People do get them on their arms and chest and necks though and that’s what you’ll see in today’s Daily Dozen.
As I was thinking about today’s set I was trying to decide between two themes: tattoos or armpits. As it turns out I have way more tattoo photos than armpit photos so I went with it. As always, I hope you enjoy them and comments are always welcome.
Today’s set was going to be 12 men wearing necklaces to compliment last week’s set of women wearing the same. Unfortunately, after looking at a few thousand images I only found eight. That stinks. It meant I had to fall back to something safer and easier given my time constraints. What I ended up with is a set of 12 women taken from the right. To make it slightly more challenging for myself (and to allow me to do the set again in the future) I limited myself to 1000faces 3. There were way more than enough.
Sometimes when I’m photographing people they ask me to take their “good side” but I never understand. I mean unless there’s some weird growth or deformity on one side of a person’s face they’re both “good sides” to me. In some of these cases I was forced to shoot from the right, in others the women might naturally turn to the right and in a few (and I couldn’t say which) I was asked to take it from the right.
Regardless of which side they’re taken from, I think people’s faces are fantastic and hope you do too.