WEEK 46: Faces without People

This week’s challenge should be fun, creative, and perhaps a bit silly. The goal is to photograph a face (or anything that looks like a face) with only one restriction: You may not have any people in your photo. Anything else is fair game: Animals, stuffed toys, statues, artwork, or even inanimate objects that just happen to look like faces. The goal is to take something non-human, and show off its human-like qualities. For this week, you are encouraged to be silly and have fun– The more unusual or creative your subject the better.

As always, let’s take a look at some examples:

Sassy Portrait – Ramiro Ramirez

Pets or other animals are a great option for this week’s challenge. I particularly liked this photo, as the dog seems to have a big ol’ smile on her face. Even though the dog isn’t human, her expression seems to have human-like qualities.

Face from Lachine – Michel Filion

Statues or other artwork are another great option for this week. Photograph your favorite statue, painting, or even graffiti– as long as it has a face.

Smile! – Adam Greig

I can’t help but smile when looking at this photo. Even though it’s just a bunch of plants, you can see a very obvious (and amusing) face.

Hello! – debcha

One of my favorite options for this week involves Pareidolia– where we perceive an inanimate object as having a face, when it really doesn’t. Even though the image above is just an ordinary electrical outlet, we very clearly see a human-looking face.

Here’s another, similar example, using a wooden crate:

Lifeless Face #055 – NottsExMiner

The Challenge

For this week’s challenge, your goal is to photograph a face– or anything that happens to look like a face– using anything except a human as your subject. As noted above, anything else is fair game, including animals, nature, man-made objects, art, or anything else you find. Ideally, we’re looking to take something non-human and make it appear to have human like features.

Creative, out-of-the-box ideas are always allowed and encouraged. Get your camera, be creative, and have fun!

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph to our active community on our Facebook GroupFlickr Group or 500PX group (or all three). Tag the photo:  #10thanniversaryphotochallenge #2018photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • The shot should be a new shot you took this week, for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2018 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

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About Eric Minbiole

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been absolutely fascinated with anything technical– electronics, computers, cameras, gadgets, etc. Growing up, I loved taking things apart to see what was inside. While I couldn’t always put things back together, I loved trying to figure out how things work. Because of my love for all things technical, I pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering, and currently work as a Software Engineer. I’ve been fascinated with photography ever since borrowing my parents 110 film camera when I was young. It’s been a great hobby ever since: I love experimenting with photos, and trying new things. I especially love technical and/or trick photography. (“Gimmicks!”, as my wife jokingly calls them 😉 ) While I’m comfortable with the technical side of how to shoot, I struggle more with the artistic side of what to shoot in the first place. This is one reason I quite enjoy this group: There are fun, interesting ideas each week. I joined PhotoChallenge as a participant in 2014, and am amazed at how much this group has helped me learn. Each week, I look forward to the fun, creative challenges that Steve, Trevor, Gary, and Jeremy put together. Most importantly, the weekly challenges give me the motivation to get out there and take photos each week. (Otherwise, I suspect my camera might be gathering dust on the shelf.) As well, interacting with the fantastic members of the group– discussing suggestions, techniques, what works, what doesn’t– has been an invaluable help. I am absolutely thrilled to join the PhotoChallenge team– I’ve learned so much from the group, and hope that I can give back a little bit. If you’d like to see some of my photos, please check out my flickr page.