I always aim to look beyond the obvious and try out new creative photography ideas.
It turned the image into something a bit more mysterious and abstract. You can see that there is a person there, you can see that they are looking at you, but you can’t see any detail.
With creative portrait photography, sometimes you don’t even need to show the person directly at all. You can tell a story in an image, or provoke the viewer into imagining their own story.
With this location portrait shoot image I used an off-camera flash to throw a big shadow on the wall of the room. We look at the architecture and the pose, ask ourselves questions, and start making up a story to fit it. Is the person relaxed or cross? What is the room they are in?
Sometimes it’s just worth trying an old idea too. Here’s a creative use of the common photographic mistake where you have an object growing out of the subject’s head. Here the person is behind a sculpture, and just their hand is visible growing out of what seems to be a cut off tree trunk.
Actually it raises questions about what is real and what is unreal. The sculpture, part of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, is a mould of the quarry face behind it. It’s an exact copy but made of fibreglass instead of rock. The hand is wearing a flesh-coloured glove, so is it really a person or another replica? If it is a person, then because the glove covers up the person’s hand, in one sense we are seeing the replica rather the person.
We discuss the meaning of images at my photographic training courses, so enough of this philosophising!
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