It’s needless to say that on earth, it’s almost impossible to find a place that’s not inhabited by humans. Within several years, there’s even a possibility of humans becoming an interplanetary race. No matter how ubiquitous we are, a vast diversity exists among us. Also, it’s important to note that it’s this diversity that makes us truly unique. Serge Anton, a Belgian photographer, enthralled by these differences, captured many faces throughout his 30 years of traveling.
Serge has visited so many countries across Asia and Africa. During his visits, he has embraced and photographed a variety of cultures and foreign expressions. Serge published a photography book named ‘Faces’, and it features his work throughout the years. Although specialized in architecture and interior photography, Serge has demonstrated his dexterity in portrait photography in “Faces”.
It was his passion and desperation to understand human nature that led to this masterpiece. In the foreword of “Faces”, Anton states that he was fascinated by faces since he was a child. He explains that he always tries to observe and understand the hidden messages expressed by faces. He says that feels like he was surrounded by books filled with human faces, during his childhood. He says that the face of a person mirrors the soul, and reflects the emotional and spiritual secrets of a person. He loves to capture the fragment of a moment, grasping what’s revealed in a split second, and belongs to a unique moment.
The fine distinctions of people’s faces are artistically represented in his portraits. It’s not just the wrinkles or the cheeks that the viewer’s attention is drawn to. He subtly highlights the wisdom and insight of completely differently raised communities. He uses no words, but these portraits speak a thousand words of humanity and the soul beneath.