'The World In Faces' Celebrates The Beauty And Diversity Of Humans Everywhere

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'The World In Faces' Celebrates The Beauty And Diversity Of Humans Everywhere

'The World In Faces' is an ongoing portrait series by Australian photographer Alexander Khimushin that seeks to document a wide range of faces and cultures around the world.

“The idea is simple," Khimushin says of the series. "I want to show diversity of the world we are all living in by taking portraits of its incredible people.”

And by showcasing the vast variety of cultures sharing our planet, this adventurous photographer hopes to create understanding between people groups.

Our diversity is not a reason to hate each other. Quite the opposite, we must admire and respect it.

Semeiskie Old Believer woman. The Semeiskie are a community of Russian Orthodox Old Believers who have lived in Buryatia region of Siberia since 1765. The sacred rites and rituals of the Old Believers came to be in opposition to those of the official state church after the introduction of the 16th century religious reforms. Those who rejected the reforms became known as "Old Believers" and continued to practice their faith despite repression. The Semeiskie were a particular group of Old Believers who, facing repressions, fled to Gomel, Belarus (at that time part of Poland). Empress Catherine the Great then exiled the group to Buryatia region, bordering China, on the pretext that they could there become farmers for the Cossack guards who defended the borders of the Russia Empire. The descendants of these original Semeiskie people have lived in the region ever since. The name Semeiskie came from Russian word semya meaning family, because they traditionally lived in extended families with many children. Despite living in a Buddhist region of the country among Buryat people of Asian origin, Semeiskie managed to preserve their way of living, traditions and culture. I took the photo of this woman today at one of the Semeiskie villages of Buryatia. #theworldinfaces #worldinfaces #portrait #babushka #semeiskie #oldbelievers #buryatia #siberia #russia #orthodox #diversity #love #peace #tolerance

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“Our diversity is not a reason to hate each other. Quite the opposite, we must admire and respect it,” he says of the project.

With more than 7.3 billion people sharing the planet, there's plenty of cultural and ethnic variety out there to highlight. Sure Khimushin, probably won't be able to capture every face in the world. But since starting his wandering portrait series 3 years ago, he's already covered 84 countries. No bad, right?

“While on the road, I realized that people were the most interesting part of my travel experience; it is them that I have most unforgettable memories about,” he says. “I was especially fascinated by people living in remote, off-the-beaten-path places, where traditional lifestyle and ancient culture remained untouched by the outside world.”

You can follow 'The World In Faces' on Khimushin's websiteor Instagram.

Oroqen girl. I have just came back from a remote part of Inner Mongolia province of China where I took this portrait. Oroqen people (Orochon, Orochen) are ethnic minority that is related to Evenki people of Russia. They can understand each other language for about 70%. Until the early 1950s Orochen people were nomadic, leaving in conical dwellings made from the skins of the animals and bark of the trees. They were mainly hunters until 1990s, until the government banned hunting in the area. Traditionally animal fur and skins are used for their clothing. They are shamanist by religion, however the last Orochon shaman died in October 2000. Orochon means a raindeer man in their language as they livestyle was heavily dependent on raindeer hearding. There are almost no raindeers left today. Orochon people try hard to keep their culture alive, but it is not easy, because they can not maintain their traditional way of living anymore. #theworldinfaces #worldinfaces #oroqen #orochen #orochon #people #portrait #ethnicminority #minority #china #evenki #ewenki #russia #peace #love #diversity #tolerance #asia #asiangirl #beauty #beautifulworld #amazingworld #tribe #girl #ethnicgroup #innermongolia

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While traveling Wakhan Valley of Afghanistan last July in one of the villages I was invited by locals to their traditional Pamiri house. Inside I was welcomed by an extended family and neighbors who gathered just to see the guest. There were many kids playing together. This little girl with her unusually blond hair and blue eyes was one of them. Natural light was coming to the room only from a ceiling opening that was used for ventilation as well. She was seating right beneath it on a clay cook top when I took this photo. #travelphotography #theworldinfaces #wakhancorridor #worldinfaces #wakhi #wakhan #afghani #afghanistan #pamiri #pamir #ethnic #traditional #girl #portrait #minority #people #peace #diversity #tolerance #culture #tradition #centralasia #khik

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Ladakhi woman from Nubra Valley. Ladakh is a Northernmost region of India located in Himalayas. It's one of the most remote places in the country with stunning mountain beauty and unique culture of its people. Ladakhis are of Tibetian descent and the region's culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet. I met this woman on her way to Diskit Monastery. She was going to attend an annual Gustor ritual and greet Thiksey Rinpoche, the chief lama of Ladakh Kingdom, visiting that day. #theworldinfaces #worldinfaces #ladakh #ladakhi #tibetian #india #biddhist #himalayas #tibet #nubra #rinpoche #thiksey #diskit #gelug #gustor #portrait #ladakhiwoman #ethnic #minority #ethnicminority #peace #love #tolerance #diversity #amazingworld

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Nyangatom tribe woman. This tribe inhabits remote border area of South Sudan and Ethiopia, living on the both sides. Women of Nyangatom tribe wear a lot of different beads, which they never take off. As a young girl, she gets a first strand of beads as a gift from her father and for all the years of her life she adds more and more. It's not uncommon to see a woman wearing several kilograms of beads. I took this portrait of an elderly Nyangatom woman in December 2014. The World in Faces project by Alexander Khimushin. One new portrait every day. #theworldinfaces #worldinfaces #people #tribe #tribal #africa #southsudan #ethiopia #ethnic #minority #ethno #portrait #travelphotography #native #indigenous #omo #nilotic #nyangatom #bume #donyiro #natgeo #facesoftheworld #diversity

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