Faces

series Since 2008

 

Smiling for the camera has become a social and cultural convention, if not a compulsion. Even more so the more we put our private lives online.

It seems we urge to represent what a smile indicates: vitality, warmth, happiness–and to hold back what makes us vulnerable.

When I photograph people I’m looking for an expression per se instead of a reflex. I seek to reveal the private face not showing a smirk or smile.