The Faceless Portrait

For this assignment, I decided to capture random shots while out and about with friends. I used a Canon EOS 7D with a Canon Ultrasonic 28-135 mm lens mostly shooting with natural light and some fixed/external lighting. 

1. Man on the Go:

The vertical orientation of the photo allowed me to capture the subject's entire body and  the details of his attire and presentation. Also present is a figure ground relationships between the subject and the ground. The attached shadow on the subject is not as transparent but there is a slow falloff happening. 

The vertical orientation of the photo allowed me to capture the subject's entire body and  the details of his attire and presentation. Also present is a figure ground relationships between the subject and the ground. The attached shadow on the subject is not as transparent but there is a slow falloff happening. 

2. The Faceless Drag Queen

This was by far the most creative drag performances I have seen. The performer is disguising one of the most important elements to drag: the face (where most of the drama of drag occurs). With her face covered, this queen, in particular, wanted to engage the audience in a different way. It forced you to really pay attention to her lips and experience drag beyond the makeup. For this shot, there was low-key lighting present on stage with a cameo-lighting setup casting an attached shadow on the subject's body, and the natural light present during the evening hour. The subject is also casting a detached shadow. 

This was by far the most creative drag performances I have seen. The performer is disguising one of the most important elements to drag: the face (where most of the drama of drag occurs). With her face covered, this queen, in particular, wanted to engage the audience in a different way. It forced you to really pay attention to her lips and experience drag beyond the makeup. For this shot, there was low-key lighting present on stage with a cameo-lighting setup casting an attached shadow on the subject's body, and the natural light present during the evening hour. The subject is also casting a detached shadow. 

3. A Mother's Praise

In this shot, a daylight scene,  I employed horizontal framing as the light is casting a slow falloff on the subject. I loved this image so much because it was so resilient and powerful. 

In this shot, a daylight scene,  I employed horizontal framing as the light is casting a slow falloff on the subject. I loved this image so much because it was so resilient and powerful. 

4. Sunshine On A Saturday Morning

I shot this one using the natural light to create a silhouette and center pull with the subjects walking towards me. This was an early morning capture, walking towards the train station, and I thought it was really cool shot.

I shot this one using the natural light to create a silhouette and center pull with the subjects walking towards me. This was an early morning capture, walking towards the train station, and I thought it was really cool shot.

5. Light and Pull

 In this photo, I chose the lighter and cigarette as the focus of the image; with that, there is some spatial/compositional function to the way in which the subject is lighting and holding the lighter. I would even add that cameo lighting is also happening here casting an attached shadow on the subject. Additionally, nose room is provided for the subject as well with a shifted right emphasis. 

 In this photo, I chose the lighter and cigarette as the focus of the image; with that, there is some spatial/compositional function to the way in which the subject is lighting and holding the lighter. I would even add that cameo lighting is also happening here casting an attached shadow on the subject. Additionally, nose room is provided for the subject as well with a shifted right emphasis. 

6. On-The-Go, On-The-Phone

In this shot, I decided to focus on the use of the phone, which says a lot about the subject and their relationship to it. The image is also making use of flat, high-key lighting, with lighting all around the subject.  

In this shot, I decided to focus on the use of the phone, which says a lot about the subject and their relationship to it. The image is also making use of flat, high-key lighting, with lighting all around the subject.  

7. Cream Cheese, The Cat

In this photo, I decided to capture my housemate's cat. The cat is a really big part of our home and it is connected to a larger story about my housemate. I liked the shot particularly because of the casted shadow on the wall. 

In this photo, I decided to capture my housemate's cat. The cat is a really big part of our home and it is connected to a larger story about my housemate. I liked the shot particularly because of the casted shadow on the wall. 

8. Hot Sauce 

For this photo, I captured the most used items in my house: utensils and hot sauce. This says a lot about the style in which my housemates and i love to consume our food—spicy with a kick of flavor. I took a shot here at object framing and the light is casting an attached shadow on the objects. 

For this photo, I captured the most used items in my house: utensils and hot sauce. This says a lot about the style in which my housemates and i love to consume our food—spicy with a kick of flavor. I took a shot here at object framing and the light is casting an attached shadow on the objects. 

9. Hot Sauce, Again

With this shot, I wanted to capture the same subject at a different angle, from the birds perspective with an object-connected cast shadow. 

With this shot, I wanted to capture the same subject at a different angle, from the birds perspective with an object-connected cast shadow. 

10. Kick Push

This shot was one of my favorites. My friend was skating and i saw the shadow and wanted to capture it immediately. The light is casting an object-disconnected shadow.  

This shot was one of my favorites. My friend was skating and i saw the shadow and wanted to capture it immediately. The light is casting an object-disconnected shadow.