As cliché as it may sound, magic really does happen outside of your comfort zone. Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc is living, breathing, inspiring proof.
Two years ago, Noroc quit her job and embarked on a life-changing adventure. Together with her husband, she decided to wander the globe, visiting as many countries as possible and documenting the incredible diversity of our world's population through her photography project "The Atlas of Beauty."
Colca Valley, Peru
Living on a tight budget for 15 months, the globetrotting couple managed to visit 37 countries. They started with the rural districts of Romania, and made their way to settings as far-flung as English brick lanes, Brazilian favelas, and secluded villages in the Amazon Rainforest.
Noroc says that she usually meets her subjects by chance, on the street or on a social network, and doesn't spend much time prepping for a photo shoot. She thinks this spontaneity makes her photographs look more natural, sincere and representative of the women's culture.
Noroc says her project underscores the fact that beauty is everywhere and isn't dependent on things like cosmetics, money or social status. According to her, it's our differences that make us beautiful:
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But the beholder is always somebody else. That's why, I think beauty is diversity."
Medellin, Colombia (left) and El Paico, Chile (right)
Maramures, Romania (left) and Riga, Latvia (right)
New York, USA
Harlem, New York
Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Noroc wants to continue shooting portraits for "The Atlas of Beauty." She writes on her website that she hopes it will become much more than just a set of captivating portraits:
"My goal is to make "The Atlas Of Beauty" a mirror of our diverse societies and an inspiration for people that try to remain authentic. Maybe in 50 years all women from all around the world will dress and act the same. I hope my project will remain a witness of my era's cultures and traditions."
The Amazon Rainforest
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