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8-30-2006 portraiture

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  • #679
    monkeybort
    Participant

    According to Wikipedia, portraiture is a way of recording people. Their personality, character, status, the place and time they lived, the environment in which they live or simply showing beauty.

    Difficulty – no self portraits this time around

    #5737
    monkeybort
    Participant

    just a general opinion question – i have some shots that i consider to be portraits even though it’s not a photo of someone’s face. for example – a ballet dancer’s feet. or a pregnant woman’s belly. ok, those are the two that i have. 😛

    what are peoples’ thoughts on that? i feel that it captures the essence of what that person is doing at that time – their character and the place they are in their life at that moment, which (to me) qualifies it as a portrait.

    #5738
    Klahanie
    Participant

    Sounds good to me. 🙂

    #5739
    ch4r7ie
    Participant

    just a general opinion question – i have some shots that i consider to be portraits even though it’s not a photo of someone’s face. for example – a ballet dancer’s feet. or a pregnant woman’s belly. ok, those are the two that i have. 😛

    what are peoples’ thoughts on that? i feel that it captures the essence of what that person is doing at that time – their character and the place they are in their life at that moment, which (to me) qualifies it as a portrait.

    problem with that is, if you show a guy with a hammer you think

    carpenter

    or you show a guy with a scalpel you think doctor

    but if you show a guy picking a pocket, how are you supposed to know whether it’s a congressman or a lawyer?

    #5740
    Klahanie
    Participant

    problem with that is, if you show a guy with a hammer you think

    carpenter

    or you show a guy with a scalpel you think doctor

    but if you show a guy picking a pocket, how are you supposed to know whether it’s a congressman or a lawyer?

    Dead intern? Ambulance? Okay that was lame, but your joke did remind me of an old favorite.

    What’s the difference between a pickpocket and a peeping Tom?

    One snatches watches…

    #5741
    bobroberts
    Participant

    My opinion: The presence of a face in the photo is not important; telling a story or conveying something about that person is what’s important.

    #5742
    ch4r7ie
    Participant

    problem with that is, if you show a guy with a hammer you think

    carpenter

    or you show a guy with a scalpel you think doctor

    but if you show a guy picking a pocket, how are you supposed to know whether it’s a congressman or a lawyer?

    Dead intern? Ambulance? Okay that was lame, but your joke did remind me of an old favorite.

    What’s the difference between a pickpocket and a peeping Tom?

    One snatches watches…

    yeah?

    i dont get it…

    .

    #5743
    swampa
    Participant

    problem with that is, if you show a guy with a hammer you think

    carpenter

    or you show a guy with a scalpel you think doctor

    but if you show a guy picking a pocket, how are you supposed to know whether it’s a congressman or a lawyer?

    Dead intern? Ambulance? Okay that was lame, but your joke did remind me of an old favorite.

    What’s the difference between a pickpocket and a peeping Tom?

    One snatches watches…

    yeah?

    i dont get it…

    .

    one snatches watches, the other watches … well you can figure it out 😛

    On topic – I’m not sure if I have got this weeks challenge right. I went to wiki to look up the description but that didn’t help too much.

    #5744
    monkeybort
    Participant

    On topic – I’m not sure if I have got this weeks challenge right. I went to wiki to look up the description but that didn’t help too much.

    i’m thinking of it as environmental portraits – people doing what they do, or shots of a certain sort of lifestyle, etc. like….a construction worker on a jobsite. or a CPA at a computer (oooo, exciting!). or a student in the library. or a ski instructor teaching. something like that.

    #5745
    swampa
    Participant

    On topic – I’m not sure if I have got this weeks challenge right. I went to wiki to look up the description but that didn’t help too much.

    i’m thinking of it as environmental portraits – people doing what they do, or shots of a certain sort of lifestyle, etc. like….a construction worker on a jobsite. or a CPA at a computer (oooo, exciting!). or a student in the library. or a ski instructor teaching. something like that.

    Thats what I was afraid of, I read headshots in the portrait wiki and ran with that (at the expense of more detail about the person)

    #5746
    monkeybort
    Participant

    i think headshots would be fine, too – it’s a pretty loose category….

    any other thoughts on that?

    😛

    #5747
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    My opinion: The presence of a face in the photo is not important; telling a story or conveying something about that person is what’s important.

    That sums it up for me too 🙂

    #5748
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    Hmmm I considered environmental portraits but also headshots. I didn’t read it as exclusively environmental. If it was meant as such, I’d be in trouble myself 😉 But seriously, the description also mentions taking portraits for beauty, so I don’t think it’s just environmentalstuff. My 2 cents….

    /0.63 cents after taxes…

    #5749
    monkeybort
    Participant

    Hmmm I considered environmental portraits but also headshots. I didn’t read it as exclusively environmental. If it was meant as such, I’d be in trouble myself 😉 But seriously, the description also mentions taking portraits for beauty, so I don’t think it’s just environmentalstuff. My 2 cents….

    /0.63 cents after taxes…

    i agree, i don’t think it should be exclusively environmental. i probably just read it that way since that happens to be what most of mine are.

    😛

    #5750
    ch4r7ie
    Participant

    i think headshots would be fine, too – it’s a pretty loose category….

    any other thoughts on that?

    😛

    headshots would be the norm i’d expect, i just did a google of portrait, all headshots…

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