A Different Perspective
When we think of portraits, the visual is of someone’s face, a group or perhaps a profile. There are times, many times, when a compelling image is actually captured from a far different perspective, from behind the subject.
While enjoying the Chinese New Year celebration at the Huntington Library and Gardens I found that, while the fronts and profiles of many of the performers were interesting, the view from behind often made even a more compelling image.
By not showing the face you add mystery to the photograph. This can work exceptionally well if you are telling a story with a series of images. While some may show the face or faces, others can just show details or, as we have above, just the back of your subject. Okay, I understand the portrait studios would not do too well if they showed a set of proofs to eager parents and none of them showed their precious baby’s face! But after you get your great facial expression images, move around and show something different; like your subject from behind.