Social Photographer Eduardo Lopez Moreno is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. From the project ‘Concealment – Beyond Togetherness ’. To see Eduardo’s body of work, click on any image.
Introversion, reserve, shame or pride. Images of an inner world or a reflection of a wider cultural landscape? Visual symbols of a cryptic society. Initiation processes? Many reasons to conceal the face, many forms to present a portrait. Some suppress their personality for secrecy or avoidance, others to change our perception about them, others to seduce us. Yet, these unusual portraits convey another form of self-expression.
Face concealment represents a different meaning and a way of being. It invites us to revise existing canons and conventions and rethink the forms of aesthetics. A self-inflicted isolation creates a high degree of social distance, building a boundary of privacy. It occludes thoughts, feelings and actions. In a Madrassa the youngest girl conceals her face as an act or restraint or instructed by the others? The deliberated attempt for not being there, or being differently, is a rupture of reciprocity that causes some distress and changes our societal relations.
An act of affirmation and also an act of identification. An act to put forward specific values and attributes. It is modesty, the search of identity and in some places to customize a fundamental principle. It is a way of putting forward priorities. The question is, it is a barrier or a form of bridge? It is mechanism of exclusion or a selected inclusion?
Without human faces, the images presented invite us to mediate values and attributes that are presented in a different form. By hiding their faces in different fabrics, the characters portrayed in this series explain something about them, and at the same time raise interrogations and doubts.
These images interrogate history and culture and make us rethink the notions of time and place, and predictability. They are darkness and revelation, questioning our capacity to read other societies.
The portraits are asymmetrical presences that more than defining something they represent it, bringing us to the ultimate level of otherness.
All images and text © Eduardo Lopez Moreno
STREETS OF THE WORLD AND ITS PEOPLE
By Eduardo Lopez Moreno
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As a middle school ESL teacher of many young ladies I never get to fully meet from beneath their hijabs, this is enlightening. Beautiful work.
These concealed faces make me wonder if all of us in part are responsible to pressure the vision of freedom. Maybe they are right and we are wrong. Maybe there’s no right and wrong. There’s only different realities… Congratulations for the post. It makes you think…