Since I was in elementary school, I already liked photography. At that time, there was no digital camera. The most used camera was an analog camera that needs to be filled with roll of film. And even, the camera is a very expensive item for my family, and of course I did not had it.
Maybe you want to ask me, how could I liked photography if I did not even had a camera?
I have a rich friend. One day we went on a beach for school vacation and she brought her camera. While on the beach, she often asked me to take her picture. It was then that I started got interested in portrait photography. I felt it was so interesting to peek through a small viewfinder. So challenging, but yeah, I love challenge.
Then the nicest thing after that … of course when my photo work is praised. At least, the picture was not blurry, did not leak (eg, there’s no fingertip covering the lens), and the face was clearly visible.
Anyway, several times after that first experience, my friend often asked me to take her picture again. Occasionally, I also borrowed her camera if there was a special moment in my family.
Now I feel that my experiences of taking pictures has given me a big impact, that I like to make portraits. Besides, I also like to take candid photos.
So, since I have my own camera, I took many candid photos, and often also from behind their backs. And here are some faceless portraits that I took during my trip to Singapore couple years ago.
Garden By The Bay
A couple of backpacker who was enjoying the scenery
And a mother and her kids.
Sultan Mosque, Bugis
Take a prayer inside the mosque.
Singapore National Library
Reading online newspaper
Looking for something?
Playing video game.
By the way, I can’t help to take a candid picture when I visited the National Library of Singapore. Fortunately take a picture inside the library isn’t prohibited as long as you don’t use flash light.
Looking for a way.
From 5Footway Inn Hostel, Bugis
One fine morning at 5Footway Inn Hostel Bugis, I saw an old man who was performing his duties as a gardener. From the 2nd floor at open dining area, I could freely photographed his activities.
By the way, the theme of weekly photo challenge of this week is “a face in the crowd“. The challenge is … can a picture tell how someone is feeling even though it’s without face expression? And without color, does our impression of that person change?
To answer the challenge, I took some from the pictures above and turned it into black and white.
I am also want to show you my favourite faceless portrait that I took while I have breakfast in hostel. There was a man with his tattoos who is attracted me so much.
How do you think? Can you feel the expression? Does the impression change in black and white style?