I am not talking about looking in the mirror in the morning. I am speaking about the profound experience of seeing people around you who look like you and seem to carry a part of you essence. I first had this experience early on, during a trip to Italy. I was 18 years old and when I went to the town where my father was born, I felt like I was related to everyone, that everyone was my brother. It had a profound effect on me, I knew that I was from “somewhere”, not just some immigrant kid born in Canada, but I had a past, I had a story and I realized that I, in some way was connected to something; a personal history.
The spirit of this portrait photography project is exactly this. I want to explore the face of the Florentine and which faces in Florence are representative of the faces of the people during the Renaissance Florence. This project ties directly with my research for the Filippo Brunelleschi film.
What were the faces like in Filippo Brunelleschi’s time?
What is the definitive Florentine face? Do you have one? Do you know someone who has one? Please tell us where we can go to photograph them.
I will be photo-blogging these faces as I discover them.