Face II – Timeless Faces of Porto

For my series ‘Face’, I selected shots of people walking, sitting and chatting in parks, squares and streets of Porto in Portugal. I visited the city in March 2015.

Some of you know how much I love to talk to and photograph senior citizens. Well, Porto was a paradise, as everywhere I turned to, I could stumble upon someone. They most often dressed with elegance and formality, with flair of old times. But there was something else…

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Some of them had company and animated chats.

But the majority was alone.

Sad. Lonely.

Desperate. Aloof. Lonely.

Thoughtful. Lonely.

For this week’s WP Photo Challenge, Cheri Lucas asks us to share a photo of a face.

It could be your own face; the face of a loved one, whose lines and creases you know well; or even a face out in the wild, where you least expect to see one.

I am attracted to all lines and creases that I come across at the streets of the world. I have a strong desire to know more about them, to spend time with them, to learn from them. Perhaps we would stop repeating history, if we would listen to them.

This was my 2nd submission to the challenge. I shot with Olympus EM10 mirrorless. I used two lenses: macro 60mm (equivalent 120mm and 1:2.8) ) or 14-42mm (equivalent to 28-84mm and 1:3.5-5.6). All candid shots were done at a safe distance, to not trespass their space, despite having to sacrifice the sharpness of the photo. I used Silver Efex Pro and LightRoom to convert to B&W.

You can find the 1st submission here.

50 thoughts on “Face II – Timeless Faces of Porto

  1. ahh…. so poignant.. especially the man with his head in his hands ….. i could almost cry looking at his sadness that you have captured so well..

    i think you should hold an exhibition – your portraits are really stunning. beautiful. yes, go back to Lisboa for more shots like these ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Debbie, I’m humbled by your comment. Thank you.
      I’ve proposed to my mother in law to talk and shoot her friends, all above 80. So I hope they agree as I have no plans to return to Portugal in the near future.

  2. Brilliant series Lucile. So many moods (mostly poignant) perfectly expressed in black and white. The 3 stand outs for me are the first of the animated group…I love the way the bench leads my eye through the shot…the first sad and the second thoughtful and lonely.
    Just brilliant as I’d expect from you. Thank you for sharing you process with us,

    • Thank you, Lisa. I’m so happy that you like it. I had many more but unfortunately I used the wrong lens and had to keep distance to not be invasive, sacrificing the sharpness of the photos.
      Post processing in B&W helps but doesn’t really fix it. But the expressions are priceless.
      Heartfelt thanks. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’—

  3. Another Great gallery Lucile! For some reason, I really like the nb 3, He is very classy, in every detail. Look at the way he is wearing his collar, and even the shape of his glasses. Classy indeed. I couldn’t help but wonder about where he was coming from .. or going to?..

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