So, here I am, back on track with my 52 week photo challenge, and this week’s theme is Faceless Portrait.
For someone who likes to photograph people and faces, a faceless portrait seemed like a bizarre challenge, but I was ready to take it on. I did have a few ideas run through my head, but this one was my favourite right from the beginning.
While there are many elements to a portrait, the face is by far one of the most important! So I knew I had to replace it with something that would stand out just as much.
As soon as I met Pavlina, and I saw her beautiful hair I knew that she would the perfect model for this photo challenge, Isn’t her hair just stunning?
From a technical point of view the challenge was pretty simple. We were in the studio at the time of taking these shots, so it was pretty easy to use the same et up, although this concept would look just as good in any environment.
I had an old photo frame where the glass had shattered, and I had kept it, for years … I knew that one day it would come in useful. I asked Pavlina to hold up an empty photo frame in front of her face. I then took a few shots with her facing me.
I then asked Pavlina to turn around and I took some photos of her back, from the same angle and with the same settings, keeping everything as similar as possible to the previous set up.
I am by no means a Photoshop champion and I use very rarely for this type of editing. For this project I used layers and then deleted the image inside the frame, revealing Pavlina’s hair. And tadaa …
Pretty easy and very effective.
I really enjoyed this challenge, and it was really refreshing to think outside the box to try to create something different. I might even attempt some of my other ideas later on this year. Keep an eye out!