Paint a picture with words, capture someone on film, sketch a face in the crowd — this week, share a portrait.
The images in this roundup of portrait photographers that Cheri published on Discover are arresting — though the compositions are fairly simple, the subjects’ eyes and expressions draw you in. These aren’t just pictures of faces, they’re personalities. Emotions. Stories.
This week, we want you to publish a portrait.
Does this mean you have to publish a photo? Not at all! A portrait is “an artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person.” Sure, this frequently means a photo or painting, but you can also represent faces and personality with…
… words, of course. Write a characterization, and use your words to paint us a picture.
… pen and ink — sketch a portrait!
… more words. Use the focus and discipline of poetry to capture a personality in verse.
… a collage. Clip images and text from magazines, arrange them into a portrait, then snap a photo and upload it.
Choose anyone as your subject: a loved one, your favorite celebrity, a fictional character, your dog, yourself, the guy with the crooked smile who’s always on your bus in the mornings. Let us see their face — either with your images, or in our minds’ eyes — with all the detail and quirk that makes them who they are.