Today’s face is a woman at a bar on New Year’s Eve.
For a long time I relied on a flash to photograph faces. Part of it was just what I was used to, and part of it was that I didn’t have any lenses fast enough to work well in low light situations. This night, New Year’s Eve 2010, I was out late with my friend Matt. Matt is pretty into gear. For a while he was getting camera equipment but his first love is sound stuff.
He had a 30mm 1.4 lens with him and I borrowed it for a while. I was talking to this woman and asked if I could get her picture. She had a cool pixieish look and said “yes”. I really like the colors in this one, how vibrant they are but not super bright.
A funny note, or at least a coincidental one, is that I bumped into her again a few months later. It was at the Somerville Theater when Wendy and I were there to see Jonathan Richman. That’s one thing I’ve found about the 1000faces project – there are often strange connections between the people I photograph and the photographs themselves. It’s cool.
Today’s face is a woman on the street in Montreal.
On Friday I wrote about looking forward to vacation with my family and it will be a lot of fun. But Wendy and I will also go away for a week.
In 2011 we went to Montreal where we met up with some friends and had a great time. One of the things I noticed about the city was that people seemed take more care in their appearance than they do around Boston. This is probably a gross overgeneralization but I think it’s true.
I assume this woman was a student for some reason. We didn’t talk more than for me to introduce myself, ask if I could take her picture and explain my project. Obviously she agreed. I really like how pale her face is, topped with her dark bangs. The red of her lips and headband, along with the smirky smile, make this one of my favorites.
The set of hats was fun but while I was putting it together I came across a handful of photos of people wearing other things on their heads or in their hair. Some of these things were hard to pass up when I did that set so I’ve decided to share them today. Headbands, flowers, feathers, etc. – all of them manage to find their ways onto people’s heads. See what you think.
Here’s Kate wearing a shawl of some sort. And looking beatific.
Just a headband – not that exciting but it still counts.
This pillow might have been comfortable but I can’t imagine it would stay in place very well.
A faux floral headband as part of a Hawaiian Halloween costume.
This is a barrette (I think) but it’s big enough to warrant inclusion.
Glasses are always a popular head topper.
Is a hood a hat?
Snow is only temporary but it’s still on his head.
This seems more like a kerchief to me.
A classic napkin noggin cover.
A profusion of purple feathers.
There you have it. Fancy! Hope you liked them.