Typical Dutch faces

Typical Dutch faces

This is what the typical face of a Dutch man and woman looks like, says the South African photographer Mike Mike who photographed more than one hundred men and women around the world.

By taking pictures of the current inhabitants and compositing their faces to create a typical face, a mix of all the people in that city. A face that doesn’t exist right now, but a face, of someone quite real the Face of Tomorrow.

The portraits are part of the project Faces of Tomorrow.

The Face of Tomorrow is a concept for a series of photographs that addresses the effects of globalization on identity.

Photographer Mike Mike picked Vondel Park in Amsterdam as a location for the photo shoot, on a rainy Sunday afternoon he went there with four or five of his friends.

He said that the Dutch are an incredibly open and generous bunch of people and photographed in no time 100 faces. He was curious to see the result of the face of Amsterdam as his father’s family has Dutch origins, so there was a personal interest in being in the city.

Vondel Park turned out to be not as representative of Amsterdam’s diversity as he had expected but the Face of Tomorrow is not about deliberately seeking out diversity or difference for its own sake, it is simply about recording what is there.

The combined face is striking in its beauty and its great to see that some of the smiles of the individuals have come through in the composite.

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