I don't pretend to be a photographer, professional or otherwise. However, I do love taking photos of many things but my most favorite things to photograph are faces. Stone, statue, animal, human... you name it and I want to capture every detail.
I have been going through all my photos I have stored and came across some of these faces I photographed last Spring on our trip to the UK and France. I'm not exactly remembering where each of them were taken but of course the last two were in one of the many churches we walked through in reverence and awe. The middle photo was taken at a garden shop near Fakenham. It's not old or technically a piece of art but I had to laugh when I saw it. I almost convinced myself that it was actually a self photograph and after so much short bread and lattes during our visit it could have easily been.
Some people have said that these statued faces were creepy and yes, I have to agree they do kind of remind you of a scene in a scary movie. But, when you total up the experience with the history and hundreds of years of everlasting carvings, you can look at them in a totally different way. We toured so many churches and saw so much and no two faces carved in stone or cast in bronze were alike.
A face of a king, a gestured pose, a smiling fattened god, a man of God or the Virgin Mary... it really doesn't matter, art of this magnitude can only captured up close in person or with a click of a camera. So, I'll keep taking those "face" photographs in my travels and creep myself out now and then when I look back at them.