Faces has always been important to people, our brains are programmed to look for them and sometimes we find them in the most odd places. It also helps us pick out those close to us from a crowd, even from a distance, and often remembering the face is a lot easier than remembering the name that goes with it.

Consequently, the time honoured, simple portrait will always be a huge part of photography, a way to document those faces and immortalize them. In the old days we did it on film (before my time as a photographer), now we do it with pixels, but the essence hasn’t changed and the focus always remains with that face on the other side of the lens, the face whose character we’re trying to capture and hope to do justice within a frozen slice of time.

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