Face it: you can do without faces

Following up from what I said yesterday: You can do without faces in portraits, and often it’s better, because the viewer, as I so often say here, has to put the story together in his or her mind.

You see that I focused on his face, but you cannot see it. What you can see is his intense focus (pun intended) on the subject.

Or this moody portrait of a nude on the Lake Ontario shoreline:

Guarded, anonymous, closed: what’s the story? We cannot tell, we can only guess.

Or this faceless shot of amazing photographer Peter McKinnon also does not rely on a face:

As you see, faces are not needed to make a photo interesting. Here’s one more example:

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it: go shoot an interesting portrait that does not show facial detail.


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