Focus: Found Faces – a giveaway!

March 16, 2011, 14:39 pm  Posted by Lark

Have you ever been hiking along, enjoying the scenery, when without warning you come face to face with, well, a face? Not a human face—I mean an unexpected face. A pair of eyes, a quizzical set of brows, an upturned mouth or an expression that mirrors your own—a face made of nature, of your surroundings.

Greg Booher's "Evil Clown" & David Dunsmore's "Drain Brain"

Welcome to the world of found faces—from warehouse windows, tree leaves, and sweater cuffs to onion rings, egg yolks, and beach stones—faces are all around us.

Focus: Found Faces, the third book in our Focus series, celebrates this compelling art and the global community of photographers who reveal what is often right in front of our eyes. Shadows, staplers, phone cords, and doorknobs have all resonated with their masterful discovery of familiar features in the world at hand, and when asked how they uncover these surprising visages, many photographers responded that they did not do the finding—the faces found them.

Over 90 photographers from 26 countries are featured within the pages of Focus: Found Faces, along with their written reflections on the process of discovery. Their photos and words range from hilarity to mystery, and many reflect the astonishing delight we feel when we, too, encounter found faces.

As a team, we Craft Your Life folks hit the streets of downtown Asheville, NC, along with the walls and halls of our office, to hunt for faces. Here’s a fun collection of what we found!

faces found by Linda, Travis, Kathleen, Kristi, Nicole, and Beth (Focus: Found Faces is dog-approved)

Jean-Yves Leblon's "The Vinaigrette Man"


We are celebrating the release of Focus: Found Faces by giving away TWO copies of the book—one copy to each of two winners. To enter for a chance to win, please leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 23. Any comment is fine—though I’d love to hear if you’ve ever run into or hunted for found faces—when you look around, what do you see? Winners will be selected at random from among all eligible entries, and notified by Friday, March 25. Click here for the official rules.


35 Responses

    kala says:

    Cool book, thanks for the chance to win!

    Mishaloots says:

    oh i would love to win this wonderful book for my daughter..who is a talented teen aged photographer…..
    i am always looking for faces/people/human form in things like wood grains…curtain fabric etc…and have done this since i was a kid..

    Gillwatson says:

    This looks great fun!
    I’m going to start looking…

    Michelle says:

    I just saw one in Santa Fe in a shop window–round hoop earrings and a necklace curved below it just like a smiley face. I wish I hadn’t forgotten my camera!

    Patty Hicks says:

    Love the whimsy of this idea! I am forever seeing faces in things…like the one staring back at me from my wool carpet right now. I see them in tile patterns and trucks and all sorts of odd things. Its fun to just go on a face hunt too, especially with the kiddos.

    krista says:

    as someone who makes faces for a living… yeah, i see them EVERYWHERE

    Carol Ann says:

    This book sounds fun!

    I love the idea of this book! I frequently see faces around me- particularly in cars & trucks. In fact, my sister and I have kind of turned it into a game to figure out what a face is thinking.

    TesoriTrovati says:

    Oh yes! My kids and I do this all the time. We love to see what type of face each car or truck has, as if you can tell their personality. Such fun! I also follow a blog called Faces in Places that is similar. Enjoy the day! Erin

    What a fun, inspiring book! I often see faces…particularly out in nature. One of my favorite spots to find on was in the joint of some green bamboo while hiking through it!

    What a unique idea. My hubby just found a smiley in his beer the other day. Couldn’t resist taking a pic for his FB profile. :o)

    Laura Taylor Mark says:

    Very cool book, I’d love to win. I favor portraits over all other subjects for my art so yeah I’m always seeing them!! My recent sighting? Chocolate syrup drips on my kitchen counter = the cutest little face :>

    Hannah Gaebler says:

    love that Willow made an appearance!!!

    Tatterededge says:

    I love this sort of thing. I recently took a pic of a chain bolting an old wharehoyse door claws & saw a face. I love the serendipity of it- it’s like gifts from the universe.

    Blue Fire MacMahon says:

    oh yes, especially when hiking i see faces and eyes everywhere. i love seeing wild creatures in old twisted trees, fallen composting branches. sometimes they are look like humans faces but just as often flying horses and stalking cats.

    Trhfox says:

    I’ve tried looking for faces but I’m not very good at seeing them if they aren’t pointed out to me.

    Barbara says:

    Oh yes, I’ve seen faces in a lot of different things, especially in the grain of wood. Other things as well though. This book would be a good look plus lend me a little credibility. LOL

    Chelsea Ling says:

    this is so cool – i love lightswitch faces

    Lindsay Sews says:

    Just saw a “found face” last night on the back of a truck–haha. Great book idea.

    Yanuzo says:

    What a great BOOK! I sometimes see faces in clouds and shadows.

    Melonkelli says:

    I love friendly faces on cars.

    FryeStyle says:

    I see faces in the clouds. I see faces in wallpaper and metalwork. What a cool book!

    Gpc490 says:

    I would love to win this! I have found one or two faces along the way, but I’ll be looking for them from now on!

    Citybytheseaceramics says:

    i see a face image in the pattern of my shower curtain, it’s kind of a creepy face though…

    Theresa N says:

    I’ve never really noticed any faces in things, I must not be looking right.

    enidb says:

    I see faces and figures in marble. I don’t always look for faces when I go out for a walk, but definitely find a bunch.

    Sally Gawne says:

    I have fou;nd faces in the old popcorn ceiling in doctor’s offices as I waited…and waited!

    Ronnie says:

    As a matter of fact, I have. Just last week I found a giraffe face on a stone at the shore.

    Our shower used to be lined in a kind of marbleized Corian-type material. The swirls in one area drew my eye to it each time I showered because it looked just like a man’s face. Always made me feel a bit uncomfortable…ha ha. Also, there used to be a commercial with the exact type of “found” faces that this book has. I don’t remember what it was trying to get you to buy, but it was so interesting to watch. There is just something pleasant about seeing smiling faces everywhere you look.

    Anonymous says:

    this is so great! My boypiece and I are always texting each other “faces” we find. I had thought about compiling them all into a photobook for us to have. I had no idea other people were into this, too!

    wow look at all those faces

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