Sunday, March 27, 2011

Faceless Portraits

I have a few photos taken at different times, of various people which focus on something other than their faces. Some have been posted before. Others have not. I thought they might make an interesting collection. Of course, that's all in the eye of the beholder, so I hope YOU enjoy them.

"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven." Henry Ward Beecher
My beautiful little neighbour - only days old.

little feet
"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?" Frida Kahlo
These darling feet belong to her, too.

getting G2
"When you step on the brakes, your life is in your foot's hands." George Carlin
This is my son driving home from acquiring his G2 license earlier this month.

"And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world it is best to hold hands and stick together." Robert Fulghum
This lovely hand and ring modeled by my newly-engaged young cousin.

"It's a pleasant thing to be young, and have ten toes." Robert Louis Stevenson
These cute little toes belong to another, younger cousin.

"In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag." W. H. Auden
The tail is attached to Binky. Half wild, half pet, totally adorable.

"Why do you always wear a hat?" " 'Cause it fits my head." Nicholas Evans
One summer evening, a few years back, I was walking around a local park and spotted this group fishing off of the dock. I couldn't resist snapping a shot. It's still a favourite of mine.

I hope you enjoyed my faceless portraits.


Indrani said...

Terrific captures. I like your unique POVs. :)

Frank Baron said...

I recognize a few body parts here and there. Nice series Hil, bookended by two of my faves. :)

Tabor said...

The last is my favorite, although all are lovely.

ADRIAN said...

I like this set but the last one is a great shot.

Anonymous said...

Lovely shots - that last one in particular is wonderful!

I'd like to nominate this post by Barb for Post of the Week.

Dan said...

All the photos are wonderful and they certainly tap into my emotions. The baby images remind me of the miracle of birth. The last image reminds me of the movie Steel Magnolias, which played to relationships.

Zuzana said...

Beautiful snapshots of life dear Hilary - as you know some of them touched me tears.;) Some just reinforced the simple yet magical beauty of life itself.
The best in it is indeed free.
Have a lovely Sunday my dear friend,

Dave said...

I enjoy your photos with themes Hilary. And yes, I liked the one of the people fishing too - Dave

Dawn said...

Oh this is wonderful. The little toes and faceless fisherman were my absolute favorites!!

Anyes said...

The last one is my favourite too, I enjoy the different straw hats...I'd love to hear what they are thinking think under them ;-)

Sueann said...

I totally enjoyed your portraits!! So eloquently captured!!

CorvusCorax12 said...

love them all, great pictures

Cricket said...

Ha, I love the straw hats. That's brilliant.

How about I suggest Jaco Pastorius' also brilliant Portrait Of Tracy? No faces there either but it's still, I think, compelling.

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful collection, that last photo is an award winner! I have to say, the photo of your son driving brings back memories for me.

Anvilcloud said...

Some creative photography and a creative theme to pull the shots together.

sage said...

Wonderful! Every time my daughter takes my hand (she still does at 13!), I wonder how it grew so big so fast. It seems only yesterday that she her hands and feet were like the child's that you photographed.

Ruth Hiebert said...

These portraits tell ,ore of a story than ones with faces.The last shot is exceptional.

Brian Miller said...

binky is so cute...and that firstpic is adorable...

She Who Carries Camera said...

actually, more interesting with no faces. very nice! love that last one.

DJan said...

Oh yes, I truly enjoyed it! You have given me some ideas for faceless portraits while I am in my reunion mode! Thank you for sharing these, Hilary.

Unknown said...

oh, how very fabulous Hilary...
the baby got me,
but the last photo is really incredible.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Hilary, Those are awesome pictures. I especially like that last one. Priceless!!!

Leah J. Utas said...

Hilary, you've done a wonderful job taking a different view of portraits. You've got some fine images there.

solarity said...

The hats! The hats against the water are just wonderful. They're all good, but that one is special.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Pauline said...

I have gathered a posie of other men’s flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.
-- John Bartlett (of Bartlett's Familar Quotations)

The threads here are your marvelous collection of photos and your thoughtful choosing of picture and words.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I LOVE Blinky :) Tell your son his leather jacket is BADASS. \m/

Out on the prairie said...

Each has their own story. I do like the people fishing, some classic hats.I have hats that are for specific activity, such as my good luck looking for mushrooms hat.

steviewren said...

They are all great, but the fishing shot is a classic. It's frame worthy.

ellen abbott said...

some great portraits. I love love love newborns. that tiny little hand and the fisherpeople is a fabulous shot!

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

I love all your pix but I absolutely adore the fishing quartet. That is just too wonderful. The Olde BAgg, Linda

Kristina P. said...

Very nice, Hilary! Love the last photo.

ds said...

Love them all! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

awesome shots... my personal favorites are the last two... like the composition in the last one

P.S: Nice quotes

Robin said...

I love the little feet...

Pat - Arkansas said...

I couldn't choose a favorite if you held a gun to my head! They are all wonderful! Thanks for sharing, Hilary. You always brighten my day with your photos and quotes.

Mental P Mama said...

All are wondrous. But that last one captures something I cannot find any words for.....

Anonymous said...

I did enjoy!
Love the last one too. I can see why it would be a favorite.

Bob Bushell said...

That is the greatest tribute to all of them. They are fantastic photos.

Unknown said...

You have such a great eye!!! I love the hats gone fishin'!!!

Rosaria Williams said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh! Hard to choose, but you paired them neatly with a quote so we can have it all, words and pictures to lull us into beauty. Thank you.

kazia said...

this little feet are so sweet ;)

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Indrani. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Frank. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing some oldies. The photos - not those recognized body parts. ;)

• Thanks kindly, Tabor. :)

• Adrian, thanks very much. :)

• Lady Fi, thank you. I've noted the post and will include it on Wednesday's POTW as your recommendation. :)

• Daniel, you're an ole softie. ;) I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and the emotions they evoked. :)

• Zuzana, I'm sure I know which ones were tear-tuggers for you. Thanks for the kind words, my friend. :)

• Dave, thanks very much. I'm glad you liked them. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Dawn. Those toes were really cute and I had to either tickle them or photograph them. It turns out that I did both. ;)

• Anyes, I'm sure there was a lot of thinking going on. There usually is while fishing. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• SueAnn, thanks so much. Always a pleasure to see you drop by. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Twain12. :)

• Thanks, Cricket. I'm glad you think so. Thanks also for the musical accompaniment. I don't think you're ever at a loss for ideas. :)

• Steve, thank you so much. That means a lot to me coming from such a fine photographer. Sons are always driving us.. ;) Thanks for the visit. :)

• AC, thank you kindly. :)

• Sage, I know exactly what you mean. Hands and feet seem to suddenly take a growth spurt and those baby hands are lost forever. Sigh. My "baby" is 20 and has towered over me since he was 15. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks so much, Ruth. I'm pleased that you enjoyed them. :)

• Thank you, Brian. :)

• Jillsy, thanks. I have to admit that all of the faces attached to the body parts are pretty beautiful too. At least on the first many photos. I don't believe I ever saw the faces of the folks in the last one. :)

• DJan, thanks so much. I'm glad my photos inspired some reunion ideas for you. It's one way you can post pictures of folks without worrying whether or not they'd want to appear in a blog. ;) Looking forward to seeing them. :)

• Deb, thank you so kindly. I'll have to take you walking up where that photo was shot, one day. Spring is coming! :)

Hilary said...

• Betsy, thank you very much. It seems to be the one everyone likes best. I appreciate your always-kind words. :)

• Thank you so much, Leah. That truly means a lot to me. :)

• Mary Anne, thank you very much. I'm quite fond of that image myself. :)

• Pauline, thanks very kindly. I'm so glad you like my threaded photos and that you took the time to express that with a wonderful quote. :)

• Gary, everyone loves Binky. I did tell my son, and he gave you them devil horns right back. :)

• Thanks, Steve. So the hat that you wear when looking for mushrooms must be your "mushroom cap." ;)

• Steviewren, thank you so kindly. I'm glad you think so. :)

• Thanks very much, Ellen. It pleases me that you think so. :)

• Linda in NM, thank you. I'm so glad you like it. :)

• Thanks very much, Kristina. :)

• Thanks, DS. I'm glad you dropped by. :)

• Thank you thrviewfinder. Much appreciated. :)

• Robin, those little feet are running around all over the place now. She's just about 15 months old. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Pat. That means a lot to me. Similarly, you always brighten my day with your kind words. :)

• MPM, you... out of words? Couldn't be! ;) Thanks for the kindness. :)

• Joan, I'm glad to hear it. Thanks very much for the visit. :)

• Thanks so much, Bob. Very much appreciated. :)

• Susan, thanks kindly. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. :)

• Thank you, Rosaria. Such very kind words. :)

• Thanks, Kazia. I thought so too. :)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Those are great! I love the one of Binky. How adorable.

Liz Mays said...

I would actually go to a gallery to view your photography if you were on exhibit. I adore the moments you capture.

I also think I have a particular fondness for that fishing shot. Wonderful!

Reb said...

Lovely, I especially like the fisher-people ;)

~JarieLyn~ said...

Hilary, I absolutely enjoyed your faceless portraits. I like the people fishing too. It's definitely a great image and of course the first photo is just so sweet. Love them all and it was nice to see.

lime said...

they are all wonderful. i think the fishing friends is also my favorite. i like the colors and the camaraderie of it.

The Retired One said...

These are awesome shots, especially the macros of the details of the newborn,etc. I need to remember to do more of these type of macros-of-the-details in people photos! You definitely have "the eye" for them!

Gary said...

Wonderful photos. Who could resist a newborn baby but the last shot is simply lovely.

Gary said...

P.S. I wish I had hair like your son!

Dawning Inspiration said...

Oh my goodness - these are precious! Such tiny feet!!!! And, I can totally see why you love that last one. That's beautiful - the color, lighting, everything!

SandyCarlson said...

The fisherpeople cracked me up because it's just plain fun seeing people on the same wavelength.

These photos touched my heart tonight. Thank you.

Kat said...

That first picture makes me want to bawl. It is just such purity. The last picture is a classic. It is perfection. I can see why it is a favorite of yours. I love it. :)

Cloudia said...

you share profundity
in it's natural state
where we all miss it most of everyday.

some try to be big, significant, or important, revealing the puniness of their conceptions. You surrender to the mundane and find life's meaning joy and beauty. Look at how many of us resonate to your musings! You photo skills totally blow me away as well. it is a privlege to visit here. totally.

Aloha to you
from Honolulu!

Comfort Spiral



Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

All beautiful and all with very fitting quotations. I absolutely love the fishing foursome.

Glo said...

I would call these photos of yours Precious! Each one is rather endearing. It's fascinating to attempt to read body language, which often says so much more than just facial expression. BTW I love the choice of sitting apparatus the fisher-people used! The lady on the big red 'cooler' with wheels looks the most comfortable :)... and she has something to put her/their catch in to wheel away.

Kappa no He said...

Always so beautiful. Always so stunning. Thank you, Hilary!


messymimi said...

Every one a smile maker.

Unknown said...

Love, love, love your portraits Hilary, especially the first one. What a pull on the heart strings that one is.

Kerri Farley said...

These are awesome Hilary! I LOVE each and every one!!

ben said...

Wow ..First two pics awesome !!!

Suldog said...

Love the shot of the fishers. It's sort of fun imagining which one(s) might have caught something. Well, it's fun for me, anyway.

Daryl said...

I especially like the quartet and wee Binky

Karen said...

I love those types of pictures! One of the favs I have is one of the back of my two grandkids. That one of the racoon is adorable, too.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Every one of your photos made me smile.
Cheers, jj

Dianne said...

I love baby hands
and sweet Binky between the feet
I have always found photos of people looking away to be so poignant so that last shot really pulls at my heart

wonderful collection

Midlife Roadtripper said...

I love the one of the racoon, but have to agree with fishermen choice. I often take photos of unusual things. I hate when someone faces you and smiles for the camera. Loses the moment, I think.

yaya said...

Each pic is so special in it's own way, but I do so love the fishing one! What a wonderful moment in time.

Fragrant Liar said...

Loved all these pics, especially the one with the baby's hand. I just adore babies--so sweet. But the one that struck me really funny was Binky. My youngest daughter's nickname is Binky, and I thought of her little hiney in that shot.

Bimbimbie said...

I love how the smallest bottom has the biggest 'seat' to sit on of those four fishers*!*

MaggieGem said...

Beautiful collection Hilary! Love them all but the last one is great!

Sandra said...

You were right, Hilary. This does make a wonderful collection. And my favorite is the last. Perfect. :)

Moannie said...

Remember some, loved them all...last one favourite.

A scene I would love to paint.

Blipfillypicklepoo said...

I am always amazed at how some people can really capture something in photos. It is a true talent. I usually just get part of someone's nose or half of the great vista I so wanted to memorialize - bad aim. The pictures are beautiful - especially the little baby feet.

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Elizabeth. I think you started reading my blog after all the raccoon posts. That's not even Binky's best side. ;)

• BlueViolet, thank you ever so kindly. Such a lovely compliment. :)

• Thank you, Reb. It seems to be a favourite of many. :)

• JarieLyn, thanks very much. I'm so glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Lime, thank you. It was a moment in time that I couldn't resist. :)

• TRO, thanks very kindly. Little baby feet are just too cute to ignore. :)

• Gary, thank you for the kind words. They're very much appreciated. And I'd like to have hair like his, too. ;)

• SD, thank you so much. I'm pleased that you like them. :)

• Sandy, thank you, too. The fishing folks seemed so serious (if you can tell that from behind) but yes, on the same wavelength for sure. :)

• Thank you so much, Kat. I'm not surprised that you were drawn to the baby shots. :)

• Cloudia, thank you very much for such incredibly kind words. I can't tell you how much they mean to me. You've made my day. Thank you for that, my friend. :)

• Thanks very much, Linda. Always a pleasure to see you drop by. :)

• Glo, thanks for such a kind comment. I like the way you notice things like their seating and body language. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Terrie, thank you. :)

• Thanks, MessyMimi. :)

• Jane, thank you very kindly. She's a wee sweetie, isn't she? :)

• Kerri, thanks very much. :)

• Ben, thank you kindly. :)

• Thanks, Suldog. I'm happy to know that my photo got your imagination going. That's got to be a good thing. :)

• Daryl, thank you. :)

• Karen, thank you. I guess there's an air of mystery to not seeing someone's face in a photo. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Joanna, thank you. Every one of your visits do the same for me. :)

• Dianne, thanks so much. Babies and animals.. how could I go wrong, eh? I'm pleased that you enjoyed it, my friend. :)

• MJ, thank you. I know what you mean about the posed images. They never feel real. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Yaya, thanks very much. I'm glad you do. :)

• FL, that's too funny that you nicknamed your daughter Binky. I wonder how much she'd appreciate knowing that her Mom is telling people that she has a hairy behind. ;) Thanks for the visit. :)

• Bimbimbie, that's true.. and something I hadn't noticed. :)

• MaggieGem, thanks very kindly. Much appreciated. :)

• Sandra, thanks very much. I'm so glad you think so. :)

• Thank you, Moannie. I'd love to see how you'd interpret that photo with paint. Please feel free. :)

• Blipfillypicklepoo, that's a hilarious screen name. Welcome to my blog and thank you for such kind words. They're very much appreciated. :)

Claudya Martinez said...

I absolutely adore baby feet.

abb said...

All beautiful - the last one is just wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Love each and every one of these, Hilary, but favorite is the last one on the dock. Bet those folks would have loved to have a copy of this.


Hilary said...

• Unknown Mami, they're irresistible, aren't they? :)

• Thanks, TSannie. I'm glad you stopped by. :)

• Thanks, Di. They might just but I don't think I ever saw their faces so I doubt I'd recognize any of them again.. except maybe by their seating arrangements. ;)

Cheryl Kohan said...

Just wonderful, Hilary. I love them all (as usual) but especially the picture of sweet!

I have a friend in California who had to save some duck eggs and she put them under one of her setting hens. All but one died but she saved one of the little ducks by taking him into her house and caring for him until he could be out with the others. She said he follows her everywhere, now. And he'd rather hang out with the chickens than the other ducks! She named him BD (for Baby Duck) and she calls him a "chuck". Get it?

Hilary said...

Oh Cheryl, that's such a delightful story... worthy of a blog post on its own. How sweet. Love "Chuck!" Thanks always for stopping by.