If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll probably have spotted a trend of late; I’ve been attempting to document my family life but with less faces in the photos. This isn’t due to any notion of privacy but an attempt to tell more stories with my work.
When we photograph those we love we tend to have them look at the camera and grin, and although this may produce some excellent images it often fails to tell a story. What I’ve been trying to do is focus on what the subject is doing and if their face ends up in the photo then that’s fine and if it doesn’t, that’s fine too.
What I’ve found is the images I capture conjure more vivid memories of where we were and what we were doing and isn’t that why we’re making images in the first place, memories?
This may seem a little alien at first but if you consider the audience for your family photographs I think you’ll find they can all recognise those in the pictures without their faces being included.
This may not be for everyone but I think if you try it for a while you may be pleasantly surprised with the results.
As always, I’d love to hear any thoughts you have on this subject.