The top 10 faces

It’s been just about six years since I started my 1000faces project. The first photo that I count was this one taken in Austin, TX back on March 5, 2008. I don’t know who she is but it was her 21st birthday.

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I’ve now photographed almost 4,000 faces and for some reason they’ve been getting more attention lately. Since my Flickr account hit 2M views today I decided to share the 10 ten faces (based on views), so here they are:

Face - a woman with red lips and a red headband.
I photographed this woman with red lipstick and a red headband on the street in Montreal.

Face - smiling man with white hair, beard and glasses
This is a professor at MIT that I photographed in the basement of the old Media Lab.

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This is one of my colleagues at InkHouse, outside our old office on Crescent Street in Waltham.

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Here’s my wonderful wife Wendy.

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Another colleague outside our Crescent Street office.

Face - smiling woman with long hair and glasses
A couple of years ago I photographed MIT’s emTech conference and took this one.

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This is Omar Tawakol of BlueKai, taken at Craft in New York.

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This is another colleague out on the streets in New York very late one night.

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This was taken late one night (or early one morning) in a bar in New York.

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Also in a bar, in New York – but not so late.

While I like some of these pictures, they probably wouldn’t me on my top 10 list, but these are the faces that have had the most views. Can’t explain it, not sure what to make of it but it is what it is.

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Face of the Day – 9.4

Today’s face of the day is Nat Hefferman

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For a few years I worked at Davies Murphy Group (nee SparkSource); first in Lexington and then in Burlington. One of the people I worked with their was Bobbie Carlton. Nat is Bobbie’s husband.

Nat and I only met a few times and never talked much, which is too bad. One of the things Bobbie used to talk about about Nate was his music. Nat is a brass/woodwind guy – plays bassoon and some anachronistic horn I think. What I’m curious about is the horn and the group he plays it in. For some reason I think (probably incorrectly) it’s an old time brass band.

As someone who plays in a string band I like efforts to preserve (but still interpret) music from the past. The next time I see Nat perhaps we can talk about music for a bit. This picture is from the last time we met (almost four years old) so it might be a while . . .

Face of the Day – 9.3

Today’s face is a woman with a split tongue.

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This is from June of 2009. I was at a bar photographing strangers and asked this woman if I could take her picture. What I’d noticed when I approached her was her hair, which was a bright fun orange. She said “sure”, smiled and stuck out her tongue. The split was surprising, as was her ability to move both ends independently.

For a long time this was one of my most frequently viewed faces (it’s tailed off now, dropping from the top 10 and sitting at number 30). I’m sure there are occasions when a split tongue could be useful but I can think of a lot more when it would be a real pain in the butt.

What I like about this picture is the expression on her face and the color of her hair.

Face of the Day – 8.29

Today’s face is Tony Tester.

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It’s kind of a continuation of yesterday’s kinky hair theme I guess. Tony, his brother Chuck and this guy Phil are Tester, a really fun, loud and raucous band. I first saw them at a bar in Framingham and see them out there from time to time. Since I’m pretty pressed for time today I don’t have much to say.

I will say that what I like about this picture is the half-face thing going on and the colors.

Face of the Day – 8.28

Today’s face is a woman with wonderfully kinky hair.

Face - fun woman with kinky red hair

In April of 2012 my sister-in-law Sid wanted to go out for dinner and dancing on her birthday. I’m a big fan of both. A group of us – Sid and Steve, James and Chesley, Bill, Matt, Wendy and I – went out to the Fenway. I’m sure I could look back and find the name of the place we had dinner. It’s right there on Boylston. The food and drink were good.

After dinner we walked up a couple of blocks and went to a club downstairs. Again, the name escapes me but it wasn’t far. It turned out there was a fundraiser/memorial party that night. It was open to all though and there was a good crowd. It was a pretty gay crowd and a lot of fun. I danced for ages. Not everyone in our group was as into as I was but such is life.

During breaks from dancing I took the opportunity to talk with strangers and take some pictures. I don’t recall much of my conversation with this woman. Of course I asked if I could take her photograph and then we talked about how awesome her hair and necklace were and about what I was doing with the pictures. Pretty mundane stuff.

Anyway, I really liked her face, her hair, her necklace, her smile and her attitude and hope you will too.

Face of the Day – 8.27

Today’s Face of the day is Mr. Willingham.

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Perhaps you wonder why he receives an honorific when no other photos do. It’s because he was one of my teachers at The New Hampton School. I was only at New Hampton for my senior year (though I wish it had been longer) and had a great time. It’s been a long time since I graduated and some of the specifics are lost on me; like what class I had with Mr. Willingham for example. What I do remember is being in a play with him (but not what play . . .).

I took this photo four years ago during a reunion weekend. Mr. Willingham was no longer teaching and had morphed into Fred. A group of former students spent some time with him at the school and at his house. What’s funny is that he hadn’t really changed at all. He looked pretty much as I remembered him.

What I like about this picture is the expression on his face and the color.

Face of the Day – 8.26

For the last two weeks I’ve been off on vacation and it was great. But summer is fast ending and it’s time again for things to return to their normal course. Part of that is the return of the Face of the Day.

Today’s face is of a backup singer for Stephen Marley, taken at the House of Blues in Boston two years ago.

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Wendy has always been a big reggae fan and we go to shows when we can (which is less often than we’d like). In 2011 we went to this show at the HOB. It was a lot of fun. What I like about this picture is the color. The purple and orange on her face and the halo of her hair looked so good.