Magazines and Hollywood portray beauty in ways that most of us can't relate to. Our skin is not plastic, the white of our eyes don't glow, and every hair isn't in place. We are all different, and our "flaws" are what makes each of us interesting and amazing. I want to show the beauty in the faces that are all around us everyday. Your brother, sister, mother or father. Your best friends, or next door neighbor. People we all can relate to. Project 1001 Faces is my way of documenting the real beauty all around us. I love individual portraits, and portraiture, like other genres of photography is an art form. Taking on a crazy long-term project such as this enables me do something I love, and enhance my portrait skills along the way.
One person, one light, and 5-10 minutes of your time. I'm not photoshopping the images besides basic exposure, cropping and sharpening adjustments. I want you to look as you do in front of my camera. I will remove temporary blemishes such as pimples. I will also reduce the clarity some to mimic the look of your skin as our eyes see it. Modern day lenses are so sharp that they tend to reproduce too much sharpness for a portrait, in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against photoshop, but I'm striving for as much realness as I can achieve.