THE WORLD IN FACES
story behind the project
There are hundreds of unique ethnic minority groups in the world. These people are just incredible. However due to globalization, economic hardship, wars, racism and religious discrimination, many of them are living on the edge, losing national identity, language, traditions and in many cases facing total extinction. Watching it all happening before my eyes I came up with an idea of the photo project The World in Faces.
about The World in Faces
The idea is simple. I want to show diversity of the world we are all living in by taking portraits of its incredible people. If we all realise how unique and amazing we, the people, are, we will care more about each other, be more tolerant to people of another ethnicity, religion and culture. I have been taking portraits for this project for the last two years and plan to continue. My dream is to take portraits of people of all ethnic minorities of the world and publish a photo book about them, raising awareness of issues they’re facing today.
why it's important to me
The idea behind The World in Faces project is a result of my internal transformation, a shift from travel consumerism to giving back to the community, to make the world a better place. By praising world’s ethnic diversity I hope to make us all more respectful and tolerant to people of different ethnicity, religion or culture. By photographing people of different nationalities in traditional clothing I hope to raise interest for keeping our ethnic identities in the rapidly changing world of globalization. By taking portraits of disappearing ethnic minorities I would like to bring the world’s attention to their hardship that will hopefully help them to survive. It is equally important to gather and document what is still there: I often take portraits of elderly people that are the last native speakers of their indigenous language or the last ones who makes and wear traditional clothing. Many of the ethnic minorities might not be around in a decade or two. I see this project as an important mission of mine that can and will make a social impact.