Михаэла Норок потратила все свои сбережения на путешествия. Девушка объездила полмира, чтобы сделать кадры, которые бы отражали идеал красоты в каждой стране, которую она посетила. По приезде домой фотограф опубликовала книгу, которую назвала «Атлас красоты». Снимки из альбома — перед вами.
Румынка Михаэла Норок во время почти что кругосветного путешествия сделала серию потрясающих по своей красоте снимков, на которых изображены представительницы слабого пола.
Михаэла решила создать проект под названием «Атлас красоты», который показывает, насколько многообразна женская красота по всему земному шару.
Норок делала снимки повсюду: от маленьких индийских деревень до больших европейских мегаполисов.
Михаэла посетила более 37 стран. На своем сайте девушка написала, что старалась показать разнообразие женских образов по всему миру.
«Я старалась выйти за рамки стереотипов и раскрыть аутентичность каждой девушки. На мой взгляд, быть красивой - значит сохранить принадлежность к своей культуре и осознавать свое происхождение»,
— поделилась фотограф с поклонниками своего творчества.
Россиянка Элеонора из Санкт-Петербурга
Eleonora is from Saint Petersburg, Russia, where I met her last year. She studies ballet at Vaganova Academy, among the world’s most prestigious. Her extreme effort and willingness to forego free time is not typical for an adolescent. But when she dances, she soars. Her colleagues and professors told me she is considered the best in the school and could someday be among the top ballerinas of her time. But Eleonora is too modest to agree with them. “I don’t want to think about how good I am. In ballet, everything is so fragile. A simple injury can end your career in a second.” #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Russia
Девушка из Киргизии в национальном костюме
Иранка из города Шираз
Shiraz, Iran, 2013. After almost 4 years I will soon travel again to this amazing country which has a special place in my soul. If you are a woman from Shiraz or from Tehran, and you want to accompany me on the streets of your city to help me with translation while I’m approaching people for the project, please send me a private message. #TheAtlasofBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Iran #Shiraz
Девушка-полицейский из Индии
While traveling from country to country, I was happy to see that many women have joined public forces all over the world. I met this young policewoman in Pushkar, India, almost two years ago. These days I’m trying to let more people know about The Atlas of Beauty Book because I think it’s a unique book in the world. Your feedback has been extraordinary, your support, fantastic, and I want to thank you a million times. Please continue to let the world know about the book and order one or more copies for you and your beloved ones, if you haven’t already. Just follow the link in the bio and support me to continue The Atlas of Beauty.
Женщина из иранской деревни
I met this lovely lady a few months ago in a picturesque Iranian village called Abyaneh. We couldn’t communicate too much, because of the language barrier, but sometimes words are simply not needed. ———————————— Your feedback has been fantastic regarding The Atlas of Beauty Book and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please continue to let the world know about it and order one or more copies for you and your beloved ones, if you haven’t already. Folow the link in bio and support me to continue the project. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Iran
Турчанка Тутку из Стамбула
Tutku is from Istanbul, Turkey. She experienced many heart breaking moments in her life, but her positive spirit always gave her the strength to move forward. Her mother had several miscarriages before giving birth to her. When she was a child, her father paralysed and Tutku had to start working for a living at an early age. Her determination paid off and a few years ago she became a chef. But again life hit her hard. One day Tutku totally lost her hearing. She went to many doctors but her case seemed hopeless. “Once, I was staying on my balcony. And I closed my eyes and said to myself: If, when I will open my eyes, I will see at least a bird on the sky that means I will hear again. I was afraid to open my teary eyes and I stayed a long time like that. When I finally had the courage to look on the sky, I saw two birds.” After a while Tutku received an innovative implant that provides a sense of sound. Now she can work again, as a chef, but her hearing is still weak and that’s a huge challenge in a busy restaurant. But Tutku didn’t complain, when we met. In the contrary: She was grateful for every second of her new life. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Turkey
Девушка из Ирана по имени Махса (в переводе с персидского - «похожая на Луну»)
The name of this young Iranian woman is Mahsa, which means “like a moon” in Persian. When she was an adolescent, her father suggested that she study to become a doctor, but Mahsa was more interested in the arts and she chose to become a graphic designer. She is proud that from the time she turned eighteen, she has been financially independent, and soon plans to open her own firm. I met her in Tehran, Iran, a few months ago. Tomorrow I will step again in this fascinating country, which has a special place in my soul. I will visit Tabriz, Tehran and Isfahan so if you have any suggestions please send me a private message.
Немка Катарина из Мюнхена
Oktoberfest is one of the biggest festivities in the world, having been held in Munich, Germany, since 1810. It’s not just the festival where millions of beers are served but also the place where thousands of Bavarian people wear with pride their folk outfits. On the first festival Sunday, around 8000 participants, mostly from Bavaria, march in a spectacular parade in traditional costumes.I witnessed this event one week ago. This young woman started to march with her group right after I took this photo so I didn’t even had the chance to find out her name. I hope she will see this post. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Munich #Germany #Bavaria #Oktoberfest #TraditionalCostume
Грузинка Натия из Тбилиси
Гватемалка из города Чичикастенанго
Many women of the world carry great burdens everyday, either literally or figuratively. And they do it, like this lovely woman, with so much tenderness and positivity. I met her in January, in Chichicastenango, a small town from Guatemala. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Guatemala #Market #Burden
Украинка Анастасия из Одессы
I noticed her in a market from Odessa, Ukraine, where she was selling sunglasses. She was joyful and energetic although she was just beginning a long day of work. Anastasia started to work when she was 11 years old. Since then she spent most of her vacations and weekends working hard, but never ignored her studies. Many teenagers would probably complain in her situation, but Anastasia was full of positive energy and strength. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Ukraine
Таджичка Фарзона из Душанбе
I photographed Farzona in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in 2015. For a moment I had the impression that Audrey Hepburn stays in front of me. But although there are so many resemblances between people of the world, what is amazing is that each one of us is unique and each one of us is a star in its universe. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #Tajikistan #AroundTheWorld
Болгарка Диляна из Софии
Dilyana is from Sofia, Bulgaria, where I met her a few days ago. Being raised by a single mother in the 90s -a difficult time in this part of the world- she started to work in a flower shop, to earn a living, when she was 16 years old. She loved it so much that one year later she opened her own flower shop with her elder sister. Time have passed and unfortunately Dilyana had to quit this activity for many years because of some personal problems. But now she’s back in business, with more enthusiasm than ever. Her passion for flowers triumphed. Dilyana sometimes works even 16 hours per day but when you truly love what you do, every second of your life feels like a privilege. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Bulgaria
Южноафриканки из Кейптауна
Гречанка Еления из Дельф
Tomorrow many people around the world celebrate Easter. Last year I traveled around Greece, for this beautiful festival, and I discovered many communities where people preserve fascinating traditions. She’s Eleni, from Delphi, and although she wears modern clothes in a normal day, I had the chance to meet her during last Easter. #TheAtlasofBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Greece
Аргентинка Ноэль из Буэнос-Айреса
Noelle was coming from a job interview when I met her on the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, last December. She told me she has moved there from another part of the country, just two days earlier, planning to start a new life. A few moments after I photographed her, she received a call and learned that she got the job.#TheAtlasofBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Argentina
I photographed this mother and her daughters from Syria, last year, in Idomeni Refugee Camp from Greece. Millions of refugees escaped the Syrian civil war, but found themselves in a world where many people tells them to go back home. Back in their country the horrible war continues and there’s no hope of peace. Just a few days ago a terrible chemical attack killed many civilians, including children, in the most barbarous way. And most of the world watches this catastrophe with indifference. We, the ordinary people, feel small in this kind of situations, but is our duty as human beings to help, if we can. Please take a moment to support an important crowdfunding campaign. Link in Bio. This initiative empowers Syrian women refugees by teaching them transferable skills, providing them dignifying work, and enabling cultural integration into their new society.
Кубинка Элианис из Гаваны
Итальянки Барбара и Катерина из Милана
Mother and daughter on the streets of Milan, Italy, a few weeks ago. Caterina, the daughter, started to dance when she was 3 years old. “I always said to my mother that I want to become a ballerina.” And Barbara, the mother, always supported her. They both moved to Milan from their small town so Caterina could fulfil her dream and study ballet from an early age in one of the most prestigious schools in the world. Her brother and her father had to remain home, a few hundred kilometres away. Art requires huge sacrifices, years of hard work and difficulties, but great things never come easy. Just imagine how Barbara feels today when she sees Caterina dancing on one of the most famous stages in the world: the stage of La Scala. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #Milan #Italy #Ballerina #Mother #Daughter #Story #AroundTheWorld
Иорданка Дания из Аммана
Dania is from Amman, Jordan. She's a trainer in the first self-defense studio for women in the Middle East. “Before I was really, really shy. In school nobody knew my name, not even my teachers. I was so timid I couldn’t even stand up in class and answer a question, even if I knew the answer very well. But Martial Arts changed my life. Now I’m doing workshops and I’m giving classes of self-defense. I don’t think I will have to use my skills outside trainings. People see that I’m confident, they feel I’m capable to defend myself.” When I entered in SheFighter studio a few months ago, I discovered an amazing initiative and a splendid sisterhood between women from different environments. That’s real empowerment, not just words. I will post more stories from this amazing place in the future. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Jordan
Колумбийка Эстефания из Медельина
Estefanía from Medellin, Colombia, in 2014. After more than two years I’m back in Latin America with The Atlas of Beauty. I’m now in Montevideo, Uruguay. My next destination will be Brazil. In about 10 months I will publish The Atlas of Beauty book with photos taken from 2013 to 2017, in more than 50 countries. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Medellin #Colombia
Француженка Имани из Парижа
She has African and European roots and she loves the diversity of the world. Imane is from Paris and studies arts. Besides going to her university she also works in 3 restaurants and does babysitting to support herself. She had some time before a job interview so when I noticed her she was visiting an art exhibition in Pompidou Centre from Paris. That’s the ideal place to think about her dream. Imane wishes to have a big art gallery someday that will bring artists from very different cultures, together, so she could combine her love for arts and for diversity. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Paris #Arts
Девушка из Афганистана
I took this photo last year in the Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan. She was working in the field in one of the most remote places of the world, a place where nature and people are beautiful but life is so harsh. The terrible conflicts that dominated Afghanistan for the past 40 years never reached her village but were always very close, taking from her any chance to have a better life. These days I’m in Iraqi Kurdistan, another amazing place of our planet with beautiful people that suffered so much because of the wars. If we could really see and appreciate the beauty of our planet, we could make it a much better place for everybody. #Afghanistan #Wakhan #AroundTheWorld #TheAtlasOfBeauty
She’s Muslim, but her best friend, another young woman who owns this small terrace, is Christian. While traveling in Ethiopia, in February, I admired the way Christians and Muslims get along. I saw many beautiful friendships that go beyond religion. But in the same country, there are dozens of terrible ethnic conflicts, based on other reasons than religion. While traveling around the world I realised that is not the religion, the colour, or the ethnicity the real reason for conflicts and intolerance. But something else. The truth is that some people always take advantage of these conflicts. They conceive them by raising anger among us, just to feed their pockets or their ego. It was always like that, but today I think we have more opportunities to make a change. Our love can be stronger than their greed. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #Ethiopia #aroundtheworld
Девушка из Азербайджана
I had the chance to talk with many wonderful women while visiting Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, a few weeks ago. In Azerbaijan equal rights between man and women are granted by laws but in reality there are still many couples where the husband decides for her wife. Some women told me that they need permission from their husbands, if I want to photograph them. Things are changing though.There are more and more Azerbaijani women who fight for gender equality. Fidan is one of these amazing women who would never start a relationship, if she wouldn't be treated equally and respected. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Azerbaijan
Женщина из египетской деревни
Швейцарка Элизабет из Цюриха
Elisabeth is from Zürich, Switzerland. In 1947, when she was a teenager, Elisabeth became a model for a ceramic artist. She fell in love with ceramic art and day by day she learned it by watching. And that’s how it became her passion and profession for the rest of her life. She had to stop twice. At 39 years old she had a terrible car accident and she went through 19 surgeries. Almost 35 years later she had to stop again. Her husband was diagnosed with cancer and Elisabeth took care of him till the last moment of his life. Today Elisabeth’s work is displayed in many public areas of Switzerland. When I met her a few weeks ago on the streets of Zürich, she was coming from a printing shop where she picked up some business cards. At 83 years old she enjoys life, she makes new friends and still remembers very well how she fell in love with ceramic art almost 70 years ago. #Zurich #Switzerland #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Artist
Румынка Элис из Тимишоары
I met Alice a few days ago on the streets of Timisoara, Romania where she was celebrating her high school graduation. She told me that the first years of school were terrible because of some bullies from her class. “You’re stupid” was the most common insult that she heard. She didn’t have self-esteem, she couldn’t focus on learning and her marks were really bad. After she started to ignore the bullies, her marks improved spectacularly and this year she was among the first at the National Mathematical Olympiad. I think most of the times, succeeding is more about confidence than about talent. We are all gifted in one way or another. We just have to see ourselves as we are, not as others tell us we are. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #Romania #Timisoara #AroundTheWorld #Graduation