Human Portraits

Our next competition is a set subject of ‘Human Portraits’. What does portraiture photography mean?

The key message that portraiture needs to convey is a sense of personality and attitude of the subject. We need to be able to learn something about the person (or people, it doesn’t need to be a single person).

Using photographic techniques to assist in telling the viewer about this personality. As with a good actor, the personality, might not be that of the actual person but of a role (think about photographs taken at historical re-enactments).

It is important to remember that when your image is being reviewed that viewer won’t know who the person is (probably). Therefore if you’ve taken images of friends and family be aware that your personal connection can alter your perspective.

Portraits of course don’t have to be of people, but for this competition the subject of the image should be people.