26 Weeks Camera Challenge #16: Faceless. / by Simeon Smith


Some of the best portraits I’ve seen say so much about their subject and never show their face. 

Faces transmit a lot of emotion, but are also our identity, our fingerprint. Body language, hand gestures, stance and movement say just as much, and can seem more universal as you rob the subject of their identity. 

Your task this week is to take some faceless portraits. Candid or posed. You choose. 


1. Do faceless portraits change candid shots?

2. Can an identity be captured if the person's recognisable features are obscured?

3. Do faceless portraits objectify subjects more or less than recognisable portraits?