Here is the brief from Erica V.
“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.”
As I scrolled through the thousands of photos I clouded from my iPhone and IPad, I searched for one which would fit the above criteria. I realized then that most of my shots of people are not random anonymous shots. Most times I ask the subjects to “pose” and therefore capture what they want me to capture.
I do hope the photo below fits in with the mandate.
Blurred Photo of a Muslim woman taken at KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Black and White “unblurred” photo.
The woman still seems determined in both photos. To me that’s the trait which stands out most.