I haven’t been taking lots of pictures of heads this past year, but I’ve taken enough to populate a few more mosaics.
Here they are.
I usually take black and white pictures of heads, but when I am struck by something about a picture (Hair! Jacket! Vest!) I have no problem using color.
Note: While I was making these mosaics, I was listening to Ian McCulloch’s really nice solo record Candleland.
I’ve been taking pictures of the backs of people’s heads on my daily commute between the suburbs and the city (to and back!) for a little over a month. I run the pics through a simple filter and post the resulting images to Twitter.
Why do I do this? Well, one day I happened to notice the crazy, heaped-up hair of the woman sitting in front of me, took a picture of it, then just kinda fell into taking these kinds of pictures on a regular basis.
I suppose you could argue that taking these pictures could be considered an invasion of privacy, but I feel like the anonymity of the person counteracts the fact that I am taking their picture. Well, I hope it does, at least. I haven’t known any of the people in these pictures, and I hope no one takes offense.
I have found that I like picking out a particular characteristic in the world around me, then focus on the characteristic and highlight it (e.g. negative space signage, sidewalk liquor). I don’t necessarily doggedly pursue these things that I notice, but I do focus some attention on them.
So, for now, backs of heads it is, then.
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