Text by Ken Trainor
The camera loves the human face — especially when the camera is held by one talented staff photographer, David Pierini.
The face is nature's most expressionistic medium — a purveyor of emotional intelligence. It conveys determination and desire (1), reverence and mystery (2), delight and wonder (3), joy and concentration (4), the thrill of sharing a considerable accomplishment (5), tenderness and affection (6), understanding and excitement (7), unfettered freedom (8), self-esteem (9), and amused amiability (10).
We are fascinated by the infinite registry of our faces, from deepest emotion to thoughtful reverie. We are a walking portrait gallery.
From the moment we wake up until we close our eyes at night, our lives are filled with faces. We can't get enough of them. We find there both infinite variety and comforting familiarity.
A skilled photographer has a feel for the way light makes love to our features. All it takes is a good eye — and a great sense of timing — to capture them. Over the course of a year's worth of published papers, we are rich in wrinkles and smothered in smiles. Eloquence, as you can see, is in the eyes of the beholdee.
Artists have beheld the fabulous expressionism of the face and chased its elusive qualities for millennia. Faces forever fascinate.
It is our longest-running romance.
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