Our faces can be road maps to the type of lives we’ve lived. Each forehead wrinkle gives a clue about how much stress we’ve endured. Each deepened smile line reveals if we see the glass half empty or half full. Over the course of a lifetime, the measure of our lives can be read in the history of our faces.
Photographer Jan Langer decided to explore this idea and take it one step further by showing the before and after images of centenarian Czech people. His stunning project “Faces of Century,” features 13 sets of comparative photos compiled of both archival and contemporary portraits that addressed Jan’s natural curiosity.
“I wondered what changes and what remains on a human face and in a human mind in such a long time, and in such a short while in relative terms,” he wrote on his blog. “I wondered how much loneliness of the old age weighs, and what memories stay in 100-year-old mind.”
His project has garnered heaps of praise for not only his photography skills but his contribution to the history of the Czech people. The little bits of information Jan extracted about each person he photographed added another layer to the photos.
“The characteristics of personality change throughout life but it seems as if individual nature remains rooted in the abyss of time,” Jan explained on his blog.
Take a look at his fascinating project and let us know what your thoughts are.
Marie Burešová, 23 (Wedding), 101
Antonín Kovář, 25 (Bandleader Of His Own Band), 102
Vlasta Čížková, 23 (Finished Girl High School), 101
Marie Fejfarová, Her History Was Destroyed; 101
Antonín Baldrman, 17 (Skilled Locksmith), 101