A Portrait Doesn’t Always Have to Contain a Face

2 02 2009

An Inaugural Bow., originally uploaded by kamikaze productions.

Lengthy title, I know. But this is a relatively easy topic. A face must not always be the criteria for a portrait. According to wikipedia.org, a portrait is “a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant.” Well not all rules are made to be broken but this is one definitely is. Or atleast, they can give this type a shot a new title.

Either way, next time you are engaged in a photoshoot, or simply just taking pictures on a photowalk, do me a favor – break your subject down into fractions. Start looking at your subject as a whole and then look at it as the sum of it’s parts. In the picture above, I believe that I have captured the same amount of elegance as would be captured with the full body and face displayed in the frame as well.

Shooting at different angles gives us different perspectives, a choosing alternative subjects within subjects gives us new way of conveying our message without destroying the original intent of the shot. Now, get out there and try that, this should help with any mental blocks giving you a new range of images to capture.

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