Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

via Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

Create an image that represents being “a face in the crowd.” Explore silhouettes, shadows, orientation, and other ways to mask your subject. As you hide the defining characteristics of your model, notice which traits continue to stand out. Without facial expression, can you tell how someone is feeling? Without color, does your impression of that person change? If portraits aren’t your thing, get even more creative with your use of shadows, reflections, animals, and patterns to represent a sense of anonymity.

Explore the use of anonymity to express both that which is common to all of us and the uniqueness that stands out even when the most obvious parts of us are hidden. Just as all of us can oscillate between conformity and individualism, allow your photo to do the same.

I took the photos below at the Puffing Billy Railway near Melbourne, Victoria and decided that for this challenge I would convert them to black and white. I feel that they are timeless in a way. They are modern day pictures but the work of the train crew and the attraction of watching never changes.

The love of trains

Watching the action

Train crew and a boy

Rail fans



2 thoughts on “Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

  1. Ok but nearly everyone is looking the wrong way. Where is the face in the crowd???? or am I missing something? You have made up for it in the last shot however.


    • That was what the challenge asked for but I realised that I hadn’t made it very clear so I went back and edited the post to include the actual challenge words at the beginning. In my defence I was working with the “new” WordPress format which I don’t often use and don’t like so it was a struggle just to get the post done.


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