Photographer Sage Sohier says she finds beauty in odd places. “I’m drawn to look at things many people would turn away from,” she writes in our correspondence.
She also knows how to put things in perspective. Like: You may worry about wrinkles or complexion, she offers, but at least you have control over your facial expressions. Her portrait series About Face puts a frame around people who, for various reasons, lack that ability.
In 2007, Boston-based doctors Tessa Hadlock and Mack Cheney asked Sohier to make portraits of patients at their facial nerve clinic. Since then, Sohier has photographed people with Bell’s palsy or congenital nerve damage, patients who have had tumors, strokes or accidents — people who may have trouble smiling for the camera.
Photo Credit: Sage Sohier