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Faces of Morocco

September 27, 2012

The human face is the most personal image that exists.  In fact, paper currency across the world was originally designed using faces because famous faces are so highly recognizable that using them on money decreased the likelihood of forgery.  People can easily notice small mistakes made in a poor copy of a face.  When the United States was designing dollar bills, the U.S. Treasury “determined that portraits of Presidents of the United States have a more permanent familiarity in the minds of the public” than any other image.

As I have been living in Morocco, I’m getting used to the faces of local people here.  Traveling to a foreign country can widen your understanding of other people as you get to look into their faces and hear their unique life stories.  At times I’m surprised at how different their experience is than mine.  And other times I feel like we all are just the same.  If you get to travel, take some time to visit with the unique faces you get to meet.

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  1. September 27, 2012 7:00 pm

    Amazing captures. I am living in Morocco as well and am finding it a photographers paradise.

    • September 27, 2012 7:02 pm

      I agree. The culture, architecture, and landscapes are like they’re out of a book!

  2. September 27, 2012 7:45 pm

    Those four faces looked really lived-in. The old woman ‘s face shows a really hard life. I loved Morocco; such a different place to visit.

  3. September 28, 2012 7:12 am

    Thank you for sharing that bit of history with us leading into your post. Interesting. And those faces! They “speak”.

  4. September 28, 2012 10:51 pm

    These are amazing!

  5. Adila permalink
    September 29, 2012 4:14 pm

    I always wonder what kind of stories lie behind the faces

    Life is full of the unexpected and twists!
    Its fun to hear stories of other people’s experience

  6. October 1, 2012 9:49 am

    All great shots.

  7. October 7, 2012 5:46 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Morocco. You’re lucky to be living there.
    The portraits are fantastic!

  8. October 7, 2012 9:41 pm

    Amazing photos. And so true words…

  9. October 7, 2012 11:13 pm

    As a professional makeup artist I spend a lot of time studying faces. Of course! Now I appreciate just as much the imperfections that make one unique. Perhaps even more than a classic western image of beauty. What is beauty anyway? No one has ever been able to truly answer that question.

    • October 7, 2012 11:15 pm

      I think beauty is something that we personally resonate with. For me, I thought these faces were mesmerizing. As a kind of beauty expert, how have you defined beauty?

      • October 7, 2012 11:30 pm

        I agree with you. Those faces are mesmerizing. How have I defined beauty? That is a really good question. I think it’s instinctual. It’s color, line, symmetry. And perhaps a vibration that as you say, resonates with each of us. When all of those elements come together in a way that is pleasing to the eye.
        Since you like unique faces you might enjoy a photo I took called The Man in the Hat.
        I hope I can visit Morocco some day. I think, I’d like it.

  10. October 7, 2012 11:23 pm

    What wonderful photos! I have never been to Morocco, but it’s on my list, definitely. Thank you for the informative and visual posts on your blog. Also, thank you for stopping by Travel Oops and liking the Travel Ahh! Steph

  11. October 8, 2012 12:12 am

    Add light to that definition of beauty.

  12. October 8, 2012 12:51 pm

    Together they must be a thousand years!

  13. October 8, 2012 5:01 pm

    Love the pictures! Will try learning more about another person’s story the next time I travel.

  14. October 8, 2012 5:02 pm

    Love the pictures! Inspired to try capturing similar images next time I travel

  15. October 8, 2012 6:33 pm

    Powerful images! They look as though they were printed on metallic paper. How did you accomplish this?

    • mrbradjones permalink*
      October 8, 2012 8:51 pm

      I wish I could take credit for them. I found them online through the website I credited.

  16. October 12, 2012 10:43 am

    Excellent post ! Love the monochromes

  17. October 13, 2012 7:16 am

    You have captured the essence of Morocco insightfully through your images. I was there a number of year ago and have relived aspects through your photographs thanks

  18. October 13, 2012 11:34 am

    f a n t a s t i c! love them!!

  19. October 13, 2012 12:03 pm

    Your pictures are so amazing,I love them,they are so innocent,one can almost know what they’re thinking!

  20. October 14, 2012 4:25 pm

    So glad they are in black and white. Very striking.

  21. October 14, 2012 4:56 pm

    I have never been to Morocco but I have read the accounts of some writers like Paul Bowles, who painted word-pictures. Looking into people’s faces is the best way to absorb a new culture. Over the years I have learned to hone my visual skills.

  22. October 14, 2012 5:49 pm

    Great faces! Lots of experiences and wisdom there for sure! I agree with other commons…black and white just makes them more beautiful!

  23. janeymy permalink
    October 15, 2012 12:46 am

    Amazing, amazing photographs! They seem to keep a lifetime of experiences and stories behind those eyes.

  24. October 15, 2012 6:21 pm

    Nice work there! I especially am intrigued by the woman in the upper right, who looks much like a native American to me. As I am headed into the SW U.S. right now, you’ve inspired me to do some portraiture; it’s been too long. Nice post.

  25. October 16, 2012 5:27 pm

    Beautiful photos! They say so much…

  26. October 16, 2012 8:38 pm

    I think there are no words needed anymore…amazing!

  27. October 17, 2012 11:16 am

    Fantastic portraits! Inspiring! Thanks!

  28. October 18, 2012 3:10 am

    Beautiful portraiture! Thanks for visiting my site recently!

  29. October 21, 2012 1:09 pm

    Beautiful portraits from young to the old, lots of essential character in everyone.

  30. October 21, 2012 1:14 pm

    I envy your ability to take portraits! Wonderful! (thanks for checking out my photos!)

  31. October 21, 2012 2:17 pm

    Love black and white renditions of faces…so much character is there without the distraction of colours. Great photos.

  32. October 21, 2012 8:46 pm

    Very nice. :)

  33. October 21, 2012 11:37 pm

    Great pictures! I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco.

  34. October 22, 2012 9:03 am

    superb shots here. thanks for liking my recent post on my India Journal blog but also thanks for bringing me here to explore further. You might also enjoy my 8 part series on my blog entitled “Faces of India”. It begins with this post:
    namaste from Rishikesh :-)

  35. October 22, 2012 12:33 pm

    The eyes catches my attention. It is the mirror of the soul… no matter which age a person has in the body. Thanks for liking my posts!

  36. October 22, 2012 7:49 pm

    Reblogged this on Binnr and commented:
    Yes, I firmly believe that faces speak to us without words, yet they give us much more and
    they never tell a lie.

  37. October 22, 2012 8:17 pm

    Reblogged this on Binnr and commented:
    Yes, I firmly believe that faces speak to us without words, yet they give us much more and they never tell a lie.

  38. October 22, 2012 8:49 pm

    This is beautiful and evocative. As someone who has never visited Morocco I feel an ache to go there after this viewing.

  39. November 1, 2012 2:53 pm

    These are amazing photographs. Wow!

  40. perrywarren permalink
    November 2, 2012 4:34 pm

    Beautiful portraits. Especially love the old man in bottom right corner.

  41. November 8, 2012 10:34 pm

    Wonderful portraits. Thanks so much for dropping by my blog.

  42. November 22, 2012 3:32 pm

    I don’t think I can say more beyond this: what a beautiful post. Happy Thanksgiving! x

  43. theexchange1 permalink
    November 22, 2012 8:53 pm

    Exquisite photos. Glad I found them here.

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