Fumi Osada's Features Illustrated vol.3
The story is going on. Let's go back to Iran and watch how the Iranian
type features influences to the southward.
Down toward the south in Iran, cross the strait of Hormuz, enter the Arabian
Peninsula. The features of Qatari, UAE, Yemeni people also share some essence
to the Iranian. OK. Movin' on. Again cross the Red sea, Djiboutian and
Ethiopian is close to Yemeni in features.
Even so, It's little bit strange to me seeing Iranian essence in Ethiopian
face. But apparently brown skinned Ethiopian face has a clear nose wings and
straight nose bridge on it. The eyes are, of course, the almonds. However Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic nation. Oromo people from the south,
Kenya, is another major group, for example. It's mixed into Ethiopian features.
Going down to the south, Kenya, Tanzania ... the people's features are
changing to the African. A flat but long volumed nose is a characteristic
of the east African face. "The the stream must go all the way to the
Cape of Good Hope" I guess watching my ex-room mate's portrait. She's from South Africa.
Meanwhile, the high peaked Iranian features' mountain has no wide skirts
to the westward. Because there is another high peak which is called "The
Turkish face" mountain next to it. To the west from Iran, the Turkish
elements gives greater influence to the people's face. In my portraits, Jordanian and Palestinian is the one. Influence of Ottoman Empire? Maybe. It's same for Egyptian
So how the Turkish type features looks like? Again closely watch the nose
and eyes. The Turkish type nose is long and narrow. No big wings, so it's
almost same width from the top to the bottom. Bridge and nose end are mildly
rounded. The eye sockets are deep. Sometime the long nose looks like hanging
from the forehead. The eyes are rounded and big. The corners of eye slant
downward. As a result the features looks milder than the Iranian type.
Also people in the Balkan Peninsula, like Serbia, Macedonia, Albania and
Greece, have similar characteristic.
Recollect the sculptures of ancient Greece. The model has the well defined
face The narrow and rounded nose must be hung from the forehead.
How about Kavkas countries, like Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, the neighbors
of Iran? Their faces have some Turkish type elements.
The only country where I've photographed in Eastern Europe ever is Ukraine.
Even there I find some Turkish type parts in their face.
In other words, from there to the west, the features will be a basis. Further details, hair color, skin color, eye color, depth of eye socket and so on, must be branched out through Europe. "Must be ?" Yes, because I haven't photographed the people yet as getting any conclusion to define it.
Now move to African Continent once again. The features change from the
east to the west just like Europe. For example, Ethiopian in the east shoulder
of Africa has Iranian type face while Moroccan in the west shoulder has Turkish type face with rounded nose ridge
and dimpled eye sockets.
Talking about African, it's in a same situation. Compare to the east African,
Senegalese in west Africa has short and simple shape nose with rounded
bridge. With slightly wider space between eyes, it makes their impression
more mild and gentle.
" Portrait " Tehran, Iran 2013