Faces & Places: A Photographer Documents Female Beauty All Over The World

Mihaela Noroc is a photographer who has made it her mission to travel the world. Through the use of her camera, she captures a wide range of women varying in age and ethnicity. She captures the beauty of all of these women and puts them in her collection for all to see. This collection is a part of her project which she calls “The Atlas of Beauty.” Let’s take a look at her Atlas and experience our beautiful world.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Mihaela Noroc has been all around the world to prove how beautiful the women of the world are in various places. For this particular photo Noroc took a trip to Cape Town, South Africa. Her modus operandi in most cases is walking up to a woman and simply asking the woman to take her picture.

This may come as a shock to some people, but some women will not pass up the opportunity to have their picture taken. This is a photo of a lady in what looks like a bus terminal in Cape Town. She might have been waiting to travel somewhere by bus when Noroc saw a chance to take a picture of the young lady.

Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, Romania

Mihaela Noroc does a lot of traveling around the globe, but sometimes she may get a little weary from all of the traveling and taking photographs. What is the next best thing to traveling the globe, I am not sure, but home is where the heart is, and it is easier to find someone at home than abroad to take a picture.

Noroc went back home to her native Romania and found this lady, who happens to be a jewelry maker. The lady has been making jewelry since she was 16 years old. The lady has been making jewelry for 44 years and is currently making jewelry today.

Pushkar, India

Pushkar, India

A certain mystique is associated with living in the desert. Some people assume that the desert is only made up of sandstorms that pelt the citizens of the desert and that there is no water for miles around. Some people associate the desert with the possibility of an oasis hidden for adventurers to find.

Well, life goes on in the desert, and not in ways that some people think. There is a saying that the eyes are the window to the soul. This woman’s name is Sunita. She lives in a desert tent camp in Pushkar, India. We may not normally see the beauty of the people of the desert, but Mihaela Noroc has made it possible to see the beauty that exists in Pushkar, India.

London, England

London, England

There is a time to snuggle, especially with all of the horrible events that have been happening in London as of late. An image like this takes away from all of the mayhem that the people of London are currently facing. Here we have a mother and daughter from London along with a particular story that Mihaela Noroc gathered from the two.

Emma and her daughter Emily are pictured here showing affection. When Emily was born, she was diagnosed with a rare congenital condition known as Septo Optic Dysplasia. This condition affects her vision and her endocrine system. Emily has taken steroids since she was a child. She has had weight issues because of the steroids and was being made dun of at school. A mother’s love goes along way for this family.

Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy

Does this seem like a modeling picture of sorts? Some people may be fooled into believing that. Others may see this as some sort of advertisement for some type of food item that will appear in some magazine. It does look like a photo fit to be displayed in a magazine.

Actually, the woman in the picture is named Serena. Serena just happens to make horns. The horns are known as “Cornicelli” in her native Italian language and the custom of these horns originated in ancient times. Serena explains: “This small workshop was opened by my parents. Now me and my sister continue the tradition. I make the horns here and she sells them downstairs, where we have a store.” The horns are used as good luck amulets.

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Mihaela Noroc took this image while she was in Turkey. Some people believe that Turkey is a war-torn country that is too dangerous to venture to. As hard as this may seem, Turkey is not a war torn country and it is filled with a lot of historic sites.

Mihaela Noroc came across the lady in the image whose name is Ipek. Ipek has been studying to be an elementary school teacher. Mihaela Noroc caught Ipek in an old bazar and decided to take this photo. The bazaar seems like a very lively and upbeat place and it made for a perfect photo to display the side of Turkey that people normally do not see.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Mihaela Noroc met Koleka in Cape Town, South Africa. Koleka is a performance poet. She has eight siblings and is originally from the city of Port Elizabeth. Koleka is passionate about the performing arts and has had a love for poetry for many years. She performs for the fun and not or the popularity or fame.

This seems like some type of arts district that Koleka is near. The place seems somewhat vibrant and it seems like this type of scenery is also seen in places like Austin, Texas or other places around the United States. As the old saying goes, it’s a small world after all.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany

Soccer, or football, is a very huge sport in the European continent. Occidentals have soccer as well, but it is not as cherished as it is over in the European countries. Both sports take a great deal of athleticism to master the sport and it takes a great amount of skill to be at the top of these two sports.

Danielle is the young woman in the photograph who actually grew up in the United States. She is a combination of German and Mexican, and she is currently living in Berlin. She works in an office, but she loves the sport of soccer.

New York City, New York

New York City, New York

You may have seen a work of art at a museum and wondered what was the artist’s purpose for creating the work of art. You may wonder about what type of background the artist came from or what were their influences that made them want to create a particular work. You may often try to search for the artist online or in a library to further find out the inspiration of the artist.

You may be wondering who took the magnificent pictures that are in this article. You do not have to look any further. In this picture you have a happy Mihaela Noroc, who was visiting New York City at the time. She seems very dedicated and proud of what she is doing and it shows.

Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Mihaela Noroc certainly knows how to capture the moment. Many people in America probably think of one thing when the country of Cuba is mentioned, and that is Fidel Castro. There are other things that go along with the mentioning of Cuba, such as Cuban cigars and the iconic legendary movie Scarface starring Al Pacino, but we normally do not see the other side of Cuba.

Mihaela took a trip to the country of Cuba and found Elianis in Havana. She captured the beauty of Elianis and it seems like this image could appear on the cover of a magazine. Elianis is studying to become a nurse. She could easily transition into modeling as well.

Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia, Italy

We have all heard of Naples and Sicily, but most of us may have never heard of Sardinia. Sardinia is the island that is on the west side of the boot of Italy. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea next to Cyprus. Many people say that it is a wonderful place to visit.

Sardinia is notable for being a festive town. Music and dancing fill the atmosphere and the people are known for their beautiful outfits. This image almost seems like a painting come to life. The woman in the painting is Giulia. You can gather what the atmosphere is like on Sardinia from this image alone.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Mihaela Noroc just happened to be perusing the countryside of Edinburgh, Scotland and she just happened to run into the woman in the image above. The woman’s name is Willa and Mihaela was attracted by the uniform and the bagpipes. Willa was born in the United States, but she fell in love with the bagpipes when she first heard the sound of a bagpipe at eight years of age.

Willa eventually found a teacher who was half Scottish to teach her the art of playing the bagpipe and she has been playing the bagpipe ever since. Willa happened to attend her teacher’s wedding years later and she found her future husband who just happened to be of Scottish descent.

Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki, Greece

Take a look at the background for a minute. Judging from the background, this looks like something you probably have not seen before. The buildings look ancient enough, but these buildings in the background might not be the type of buildings that you are use to seeing when you think of this place.

The woman in the image is Theo. Theo is from Thessaloniki, Greece. You may have expected to see old theaters and columns and such from ancient temples from the background but you can tell the ancient influences are still there. Theo has an angelic look about her as well.

Idomeni Refugee Camp, Greece

Idomeni Refugee Camp, Greece

Moving from your native land on your own accord is one thing, but being forced to move is a terrible thing. As many of you are aware of the situation going on in the Middle East, there are people fleeing from their homeland and settling into other countries fleeing atrocities brought on by other regimes or terrorist groups.

This woman in the picture above fled from Iraq with her children. She fled the horrible conditions brought on by ISIS from her country. She originally had money saved up but she had to spend it all in order to travel the road to Europe.

Delphi, Greece

Delphi, Greece

There are just so many things to see in the country of Greece. You can literally see the origin of theatre and visit the places where such philosophers such as Zeno and Plato once lived. The Grecian culture has had such an influence on the world that many of the buildings that you see today are solely based on Greek architecture.

This is the modern apparel of a person from Delphi. The woman in the photo is named Eleni. She is attending some type of festival in the country. There are so many cultures in Greece that most people have not known about that it will astound the average person.

Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

There are rocks all around the city of Petra. This is as ancient as it gets. Petra is a magnificent city that was built in the walls of a canyon. The city was built a little over 2300 years ago and is a tourist attraction. The people of this city came under the rule of numerous empires and various civilizations existed in the walls of this city.

We have a Bedouin woman sitting on a huge boulder in Petra. This seems to be like a getaway spot of sorts. The lady in the photograph had this to say: “My parents and grandparents used to live here. My sister was actually born in one of these caves.”

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Noroc gets straight to the point all of the time when she finds a subject to put in her “Atlas of Beauty.” She will go to great lengths to capture the perfect photo. In the following photo she uses her charm and wit in order to take a photograph of the woman in the above photo.

Noroc met this lady whom she saw while walking around in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2015. This lady in the photo was walking with her son. The lady was not able to speak English. The woman’s son was able to speak English and Noroc asked the boy if he could take a picture of his mother. When the boy asked why, Noroc said “Because she’s beautiful.” They boy smiled and said “Yes, she is!”

New York City, New York

New York City, New York

Noroc found herself in the Big Apple once again trying to find a photo op. There are plenty of people walking around the Big Apple, and so choosing someone should not have been a problem. You have all types of people from various backgrounds in the big city, and some people just want to have their picture taken and for good reason.

The woman in the photo is named Leeda. Leeda is an up-and-coming musician who is just in the starting phases of her career. Leeda was more than likely making a name for herself by being in New York City, New York.

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Omo Valley is full of indigenous tribes and cultures that date back as far as civilization began. The tribes of the Omo Valley live away from the outside world. These tribes live a happy and harmonious life and they derive their livelihood from nature. No cell phones and no internet access is needed.

It would be hard to imagine a world without the luxury of a car, or technology, but there are many people who just do not need these types of luxuries. The young woman in the photo is wearing a veil and some hand crafted jewelry that may only be distinct to this particular part of the world.

Colca Valley, Peru

Colca Valley, Peru

Colca Valley is near the Colca Canyon. The Colca Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in all of the world. The canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Most of the indigenous people of the Colca Valley are still there. The Cabana and Collagua cultures are some of the same cultures that are still there and they have been there since the time of colonization by the Spanish.

You may never catch scenery like this in any other part of the world. The citizens of Colca Valley make very beautiful crafts and clothing which is evident of the woman in the image above.

The Amazon, Ecuador

The Amazon, Ecuador

This Kichwa indigenous woman was photographed in the Amazon by photographer Mihaela Noroc. Most of the population around the area of La Selva is Kichwa, who are predominantly farmers but also hunt for meat. Their expertise in horticulture has been passed down from generation to generation. They find great value in using plants as medicine and have shamans, who are the elders in the community. They are the healers and leaders of Kichwa spirituality.

Exposure to the developed culture of Ecuador has impacted the Kichwa people, with fewer people embracing traditional dress and culture. The woman photographed here is wearing traditional dress, with face paint. They use a seed pod from the native Achiote tree.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

This portrait was taken in Reykjavik, Iceland of Thorunn Antonia Magnusdottir, who is an artist, musician and TV host for Iceland’s Got Talent. After being fired when she was eight months pregnant, Thorunn went online and created a community to empower women and mothers. The “Good Sister” Facebook group has resonated with thousands of women, who make it a goal to always find the positive spin on life’s challenges. In fact, 50,000 joined the group in the first three days. In many ways, Thorunn is in fact, the face of Iceland.

Colca Valley, Peru

Colca Valley, Peru

The Colca Valley is populated by people who immigrated from the Lake Titicaca region as far back as 1320 AD. The lack of roads to travel on made the Colca Valley extremely remote and cut off from the rest of the world. The Cotahuasi Canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. It wasn’t until the 1940s that reliable roadways were designed.

Located along the border of the Amazon River, the people of the Colca Valley are known for their intricate tapestries and use of baby alpaca fiber. Beautifully designed hats, vests, and long skirts are customary to this region in southern Peru.

Kaesong, North Korea

Kaesong, North Korea

The city of Kaesong lives in the southern part of North Korea, close to the South Korea border. Rivers also border two sides of this city, producing mass amounts of granite and resources like gold, copper, limestone, zinc, and kaolin.

Women in North Korea are treated fairly in the working world, and bring in more than 70% of household income in the country, but still, they don’t make much. It’s common for the father to be the one spending the most time at home with the children, while the mother works.

The Chechnya Republic, Russia

The Chechnya Republic, Russia

This mountainous region of Russia has been fought over many times, as it’s been inhabited since 10,000 BC. That’s when the Nakh people migrated there and began establishing agriculture, irrigation and using animals to farm. Today there is reportedly a great deal of corruption and human rights aren’t as prevalent as in other parts of the world.

The Russian woman in this portrait is wearing a headscarf, very common for women in Russia who practice Christianity. It can also symbolize that she is married, and her husband is the head of the family.

Jodhpur, India

Jodhpur, India

Sitting on the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is a large city in India, with a population of over 1 million people. Known as the “Blue City”, many houses are painted a brilliant blue and the weather is almost always sunny and hot.

Jewelry is widely popular with the women, as shown in this photo. Sadly, the women of the area face extremely high rates of abuse and assault, the most of any region in the country. For that reason, Jodhpur is rated one of the most dangerous places for women to live.

Paris, France

Paris, France

While many might not expect it, Paris, France is also an area recognized as a place where women face harassment on a daily basis. In May of 2017, women gathered in a neighborhood in Paris where they say is regularly dangerous for women, with extremely high rates of sexual harassment and assault.

Things aren’t perfect, but Paris is a beautiful international city with mixed cultures and ethnicities, like the woman in the photo above. African, Asian, Cambodian, and Chinese all have high populations in Paris, and 20% of the people living in the city are immigrants.

Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan

Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan

The Wakhan Corridor borders China, separates Tajikistan and Pakistan, and has mountain ranges both to the north and to the south. This panhandle has high elevation levels, with the Wakhjjr Pass reaching 16,152 feet in elevation.

The woman pictured here in in traditional dress, carrying on the culture of the people who have lived there for more than 2,500 years. While other areas of Afghanistan experience war and poverty, the Wakhan Corridor is relatively untouched due to their remote and isolated region. It’s nearly 220 miles away from other populated areas.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The City of Bishkek is adorned with Soviet-style apartment blocks, large courtyards, marble buildings and wide streets. The city has been around since 1825 and is close to the Kyrgyz Ala-Too range and the Chui River. The area has faced many changes since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Women and men are treated as equals in Bishkek and the tale of a young woman, Janyl-myrza, who led her tribe to freedom when the men failed, is a widely shared story. However, violence against women is also prevalent in this region as well. Although it’s prohibited by law, punishment is not often given.

Romania

Romania

20 million people reside in Romania, located in Southeastern Europe. The land includes mountain ranges, hills, and plains, and has an incredible amount of wildlife. Romania has one of the largest undisturbed forests in Europe, which covers of a quarter of the country. Because of the protected land there’s a huge population of brown bears and wolves.

People live well in Romania, as one of the fastest growing economies in the European Union, however the birth rate is rather low, at 1.33 children per woman. Many native Romanians have left the country in favor of other European countries, but Romanians still make up 80% of the population.

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan faces many problems, including low water and air quality. What was once the fourth-largest inland seas on Earth, the Aral Sea has now been depleted to less than half of its original size.

After being liberated from the Soviet Union in 1991, Uzbekistan began holding their own elections and are hoping to improve their civil rights laws. The region has a startling amount of modern slavery, most working in the cotton industry. Uzbek women have suffered from forced sterilization in rural parts of the republic, which was sanctioned by the government. But, there is hope that things will get better.

Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz, Iran

One of the oldest cities in ancient Persia, Shiraz is recognized for their population of poets, artists, and writers. The tombs of famous Iranian poets are located in the city that is more than 4,000 years old.

Mosaic work is common, as seen in the photo above, as well as the production of intricate silverware, rugs, metalwork and textile products. The land is also known for producing excellent wine and beautiful flowers, and is nicknamed the “city of gardens”. The beautiful city is matched by their beautiful women, who wear these handmade garments with pride.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

The capital of Japan is home to more than 13 million people, with another 2.5 million people commuting into the city to work each day. Many workers use their excellent public transportation including monorails and trams that are admired by other cities.

What was once a small fishing village is now a metropolis, and has been devastated twice. Once in 1923 following the Great Kanto earthquake, and later during World War II. Although the cityscape is massive, Tokyo also has four national parks, gorgeous views of snow-capped mountains and plenty of gardens to enjoy, as shown in the portrait above.