2016 Challenge, WEEK 27 – PORTRAIT – Abstract

Everyone who has picked up a camera has undoubtedly taken a picture of someone. Whether or not you call that a “portrait” depends on your definition of portraits. The portrait challenges have hopefully expanded on your idea of a portrait, and helped you learn some techniques for making great portraits. This week we’re going to push the boundary of what “portrait” means with abstract portraits.
Abstract is open to interpretation. This challenge gives you the opportunity to get creative with your subject. You don’t need Photoshop or other software tools to take an abstract portrait. You just have to expand your definition of portrait and find ways to explore different techniques with framing and lighting.


If you’re wondering why I’m doing this post, I’m filling in for Trevor. Life happens to all of us and Trevor asked Steve and I to fill in for him for a little while. Our goal is to keep up with the Portrait challenges so Trevor can pick up where he left off.

The rules are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to Google+Facebook, or Flickr (or all three). Tag the photo #photochallenge.org or #photochallenge2016.
  • The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • The posted image should be a photograph, not a video.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2016 PhotoChallenge is fun and easy.


About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.