Respect

Respect?
Pierre Thielmans is the Dean of Single men here at SMBC (Sydney Missionary Bible College). The man, like the name, is an interesting one. I think he has some Belgian kind of past. I know he speaks French, but now he is undeniably Australian.
I love a face that tells a story. That is definately Pierre. If only you could read the transcript of a face. What where the punchlines to the thousand jokes that delivered each wrinkle/laugh line? Did that lightly lined foerhead ever reform itself into a furrowed brow? What sights in this world have been reflected in those eyes? How many people have responded to that almost-too-big smile?
I find myself taking a lot of portraits these days. Of course, most of them end up in the landscape format (Pierre being the exception) and more often than not I find myself right up in their face, rather than hanging back to get the big picture. It’s almost like the closer I get, the better chance I have of seeing through the face! Like if I look close enough I might actually see those stories written in those little lines, that rather than my reflection in those eyes, I might see Paris in the Spring, a newborn baby, or a blushing bride?
Does it work that way? Are our faces like those frustrating 3D puzzles? The answers are there if we stare hard enough and long enough?
I’m not sure. I just don’t know. But I do know that every face has a story, so I will keep on listening as long as they are willing to speak.

2 thoughts on “Respect

  1. wow that was a very cool blog tim! I so understand what you mean! And is this not one of the beauties of photography – capturing those faces so we can keep that memory and study each wrinkle?! Very cool! Keep it up!
    By the way, we are going to have to go on our photo expedition sometime soon!
    God bless,
    Chels

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