most of your suggestions would mean cropping the image, resulting in much clearer faces. Understandable. But like Bulletdodga said, it doesn’t have to be more obvious. Sometimes you just need a little more time to see everything in a work (especially ambiguous work).
Maybe this kind of work isn’t the right stuff to put on the internet, where we depend on our screensize and mostly watch pics really fast (I know I do). I’d guess that many of the people who watched this work didn’t even notice the faces. But that’s okay.
The only thing that really bothered me about the work was the DOF acting strange in some places (mostly in the top-flowertexture). Nobody mentioned it yet, so maybe nobody saw it.