I really love this photograph by Mimo here on WordPress and it has inspired me to blog about shooting people from behind.
Even though we see people from all angles we most often photograph them from the front. I guess it is because we enjoy looking at faces and facial expressions.
Photographs of people from behind are intriguing to me because they make you stop and think. You can’t see the person’s facial expressions so you have to speculate about what they are thinking or feeling. Body language is helpful, but to fully comprehend an emotion facial expressions are almost essential. If you see a child crouched down on his haunches he could either be sulking as children are wont to do or examining an ant laden down with a morsel for its queen.
In Mimo’s photo above, the children appear to me to be frightened, but I don’t know that. They could be playing around or cold or the older child could be protecting the younger from a train that is about to round the corner. I don’t know and that is what intrigues me and makes me study the photo more closely.
Here are my favorite “taken from behind” photos of my own: