Nat Geo Assignment: The Faceless Portrait

Nat Geo Assignment: The Faceless Portrait - Kristian Bertel
Silhouette, India, submitted to the assignment ‘The Faceless Portrait’ on National Geographic.


See the National Geographic photo assignments that Kristian Bertel has participated in – Read the story about his photographs here…

Kristian Bertel has contributed to the National Geographic Your Shot photo community with an assignment called ‘The Faceless Portrait‘. The photo assignment curated by Marie McGrory, an assistant photo editor at National Geographic, is focusing on the portrait without the face. As she describes the theme, the eyes are often attracted to the face first. Being very social beings, we read emotions and stories on faces all day long. But what we may often neglect in our portrait photography are the clues that seep into us more subconsciously, the context clues. And as she continues to describe the theme, she explains that elements like what a person is wearing, their body language, the scene and objects around them often tell us much of the story, the face may tell us how they are feeling about that story. There has always been something intriguing about faceless portraits.


”Without the face, it is easier to for us to place ourselves, our friends, or our family members into the image, into the story. It leaves room for interpretation and keeps the image mysterious enough for us to want to look harder and longer”


About the photograph
Kristian Bertel participated with one of his photos from India, which depicts a young man in Jaipur in the Rajasthan province of India. “- Silhouettes are a wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood to the viewers of your photos and often stand out in an album because of the combination of their simplicity but also the story that they convey. Silhouettes don’t give the viewer a clear picture of everything but leave part of the image up to their imagination to wonder about”, he says.


    You might also like:

Assignments and Stories — National Geographic Your Shot »
Nat Geo Assignment: First Light | Kristian Bertel »
Your Shot Photo Community — National Geographic »
Kristian Bertel’s entire gallery on Your Shot »
Showcase of Kristian Bertel’s Your Shot »
Kristian Bertel’s website »


    Tags:   #india   #travel   #photos