One of my favorite quotes is by Henry David Thoreau: “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” As this project continues, my favorite expressions are the same ones I am drawn to in the portraits by Irving Penn from his similar project of nearly seventy years ago. They convey a pride in work, whatever the work is. A grin or a frown is easy to interpret. It is all of the other expressions that invite us to look even closer. And a closer look often results in empathy, which brings people closer together. We need more of that these days.
Don, barber, Plymouth, NH
You can see Parts I-IV of Life’s Work by clicking the links below: