WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:
A Face in the Crowd

This week’s challenge are faces “in the crowd,” or what we used to call in the newspaper biz, nameless faces. There are two really great things about it. The first is that it’s a way to make a statement about “people” without talking about a specific “person.”

Boston, Night
Downtown, night
Strangers in a night

The other is that unidentifiable people don’t need to give you a release to use the pictures. I often intentionally shoot from slightly behind or sideways so faces are harder to identify.

Another stranger

Of course, if you know that person — really know them — you could probably pick them out anyway, but you would have to be that person or know him or her pretty well.

Downtown, late afternoon
Theater district, before the show

I also like this theme very well in black and white. It give a shape to, for example, city streets to have humans on it. You can gauge the size of the sidewalks and the height of building and trees and steps by the relative size of people walking by.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


    1. Thank you. My going back and redoing pictures has been a surprising gift. I knew some of these pictures were better than they looked, but I didn’t really know how to “fix” them. I’m getting better and really enjoying it. It almost makes up for not having taken much new material.

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      1. I like the B&W noir style pics.

        “A Face In The Crowd” (’57/WB) Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal. Dir: Elia Kazan.


      1. “Kiss of Death” (’47/Fox) Victor Mature, Richard Widmark, Brian Donlevy, Colleen Gray. Dir: Henry Hathaway.


    1. Garry thinks he’s still on TV so he just shoots. i don’t think he’s EVER asked anyone for permission. All those years shooting on the streets, he acts like a news photographer. I think he is yearning to start using video.

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  1. Great pictures, Marilyn!
    I usually try to avoid people in my photos, but I’ll give it a try this week. I’m not sure if I’ll come up with any good shots…
    I have a friend who’s a painter and spends hours in shopping malls watching and sketching people who never know…


    1. The trick is to shoot from behind or off from the side, or make sure faces are small enough to not be the central image. But you know, Garry was a news reporter (TV) for his whole adult life and he doesn’t care. He just shoots. He spent all those years on the street with a photographer shooting everything. I think he still thinks he’s doing the news. Basically, he doesn’t care. When i process them, I try to make them a little less identifiable .. but he just shoots.

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