Inspired by National Geographic project which tried to find the most typical human face, David Trood has made similar project but he tried to find the most average human face.
David Trood is a photographer who collected hundreds of high quality portrait photos of people in different countries and used all of them to get one photo of most average human face. During the process he used special techniques which allowed him to make such portraits where the eyes of the people who are photographed were placed in exactly same place.
He also tried to find out how average face of some particular nations do look like like Danish, adults, 10-year-old Danish kids, 14-year-old danish kids, people from Greenland, Thailand and finally the most average female and male face of humanity.
Here’s his story.
100 Danish People
“The first ‘Face Of’ image that I ever made was 100 Danish people from a quantum healing seminar I was assigned to cover. My job was to get portraits of the ten guest speakers. At a point through the seminar one of the guest speakers, a sound therapist from USA, ask the entire audience to say together the words ‘We are one.’ It sounded incredible. The whole auditorium in the Royal Danish Hospital University resonated with one human voice coming from everywhere and from everyone.
“Immediately I was inspired to make an image of the face of that voice. I consequently photographed as many of the participants as I could during the rest of the day. A simple portrait, almost exactly like a passport photo actually. The only thing I ask all of them to do was to make sure they had their mouth closed, looking at eye level directly at the camera lens with a slight smile…straight in.
“I then merged 100 of them together in Photoshop, giving them each 1% opacity, aligning each pair of eyes so they lay precisely over each other one layer at a time. The result really astounded me. It looked very peaceful, gentle and trusting. It was as though that face represented all the good aspects of all the people in the photo.”
100 14-Year-Old Danish Kids
“Following the first image I then went and did a similar experiment at my children’s school. Both the 4th grade and the 8th grade. Dividing the number of subjects by 100 gave the percent opacity each image needed to give all portraits an equal part of the final image.”
Female Face of Humanity
“During this time I was writing a book about my life as a photographer. I was trying to write about and illustrate the source of my creative insight. As the answer to that question was ‘everywhere and everyone,’ I decided to try and put a face to the voice that we all go around with. Some of us can hear it more clearly than others but I think everybody has some sort or another inner reflection. For me the face of humanity represents that entity within the human race.
The above two Faces of Humanity are individually made up of 670 men and women. “One ten millionth of the world’s population is in that face,” Trood says. “The correct demographics have been used so the people selected for the image represent a percent of the total world racial demographics in 2009 i.e 23% Chinese, 18% Indian, 15% African and so on.”
Trood calls it “the most reliable portrait of what the average composite ‘Face of Humanity’ looks like to date.”
Male Face of Humanity
100 Faces of Greenland
100 10-Year-Old Danish Kids
100 Faces of Thailand
“The face of Greenland and the face of Thailand are both using 100 men from selected areas of those countries.”
Watch this video to see how it all comes together. Trood also released an eBook called At Any Given Moment that follows his incredible journey.