Face to Face
I have always been fascinated by faces – they tell us a lot about the person. A face can convey every type of emotion known to us - anger, indifference, happiness, doubt, fear, contentment and the list is endless. Without uttering a single word, a face can express almost anything. Look at the Mona Lisa – a simple face which has captivated humans for over 500 years. Each face is different and today there are 7 billion unique faces to watch. The face is the most important part of a human being when it comes to conveying emotions, messages, expressions and subtle hints. Faces also represent beauty, sternness, ugliness and innocence. The face that launched a thousand ships – Helen of Troy came to be known as the most beautiful woman in all of Greece. Her spellbinding beauty played a key role in one of the most famous mythological battles of all time – the Trojan War.
Even at work the best form of communication is meeting face to face. No amount of letter writing, e mails, telephone calls, video conferencing can replace the effectiveness of FTF meetings.
When my grandson was three and my granddaughter just two and a half, he used to wait for an opportune moment and suddenly go and pinch her. This would result in a loud cry from her. This went on for some days, till she developed a defence mechanism. During all these encounters, she noticed that he would bite his lower lip just before the pinch! This observation came in very handy and she would let go a loud shriek, whenever she saw his grimace – pinch or no pinch.
While travelling in China, I found the faces of children captivating. Children have the most innocent of faces, devoid of all prejudice and pretention – their faces reflect truth and openness – expressing without inhibitions, the mood of the moment.
Figure 1 – Don’t stare…it’s rude!
Figure 2 – Look there, dear.
Figure 3 - V for victory
Figure 4 - I am not hiding!
Figure 5 - Please release me, let me go…..
Figure 6 – Anyone watching?
Figure 7 – Okay take a shot and get it over with…
Figure 8 – Do I have to pose all over again?
Figure 9 – Family Portrait
Figure 10 - You want my photo?
Figure 11 – Not interested at all
Figure 12 – Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ………………………….
Figure 13 – Don’t you mess with me!
Figure 14 – A Mono Lisa in China?
Figure 15 – Picture of contentment
Figure 16 – What's so funny
Figure 17 - Look at my toy
Figure 18 - We are with him
Figure 19 – Nee How! (How are you?)
Figure 20 - Darth Vader’s the man!!!!
Figure 21 – What is it with you foreigners?
Figure 22 – Try and make me smile
Figure 23 -Where is everybody?
Figure 24 - Thanks for the photo op
Figure 25 - Why meeeeeeee?
Figure 26 – Love me, love my dog
Figure 27 – Don’t take my photo, take hers
Figure 28 - Do not disturb me - I am drawing
Figure 29 – Defending China
Figure 30 - - Que sera sera ……….. Will I be pretty?
Figure 31 – Do I look like a nerd?
Figure 32 – One minute and counting…
Figure 33 - Confucius say - 'Gleen look good in photo'
Figure 34 - What’s that behind your back?
Figure 35 – Like my cut?
Figure 36 – Totally oblivious
Figure 37 - Can I take off pleeease?
Figure 38 – Masti master under control
Figure 39 – Eco friendly transport
Figure 40 – Leave me alone
Figure 41 – Napoleon Bonaparte in the making
Figure 42 – Cute is as cute does
Figure 43 – Tensing? No way. Pun intended
Figure 44 – Why the gloomy face?
Figure 45 – Take as many as you want
Figure 46 –Got a good view from here
Figure 47 – Now tell me – whom do I look like?
Figure 48 – Out of hibernation and starving
Figure 49 – On the prowl
Figure 50 – Coffee tea or me?
Figure 51 – One step at a time
Figure 52 – Who eats with a spoon?
Figure 53 - We don’t for sure