"Bearded Defiance" by Gloria Fenaroli

Even more personal and private than one's clothing or hair, a beard and moustache have a dual character. On the one hand they hide part of the face, shading the lips, guarding smiles, capturing one's attention and causing distraction; on the other, with their thousands of styles and shapes, they make a defined mark and give a new meaning to glances and poses.

And so, facial hair, whether groomed or untamed, thick or thin, moves faces away from everyday life and freezes them halfway between reality and fantasy: the accomplice of the manual work on images, allowing the emergence from timeless photography of ancient philosophies and melancholic, nineteenth-century lords, mystical wizards and pensive sages, poets and fantastic characters. Ironic, austere or good-humoured, glances that reach us from behind beards to give the nod to a far off place which really belongs to us: our imagination.

 
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