The Sight of One's Back


Who says that you always have to use the camera straight on, with the eyes aligned perfectly with the lens? Experience would tell you to look for different, perhaps better angles to get that shot you're looking for. hippopo0838 for instance, loves the stories behind his subject's backs!

I love to take the pics of people’s back rather than their front. Of course, it was not because they weren’t good-looking. Rather, finding meaning behind the photos of their backs are more intriguing for me. We may tell the emotion of a person through their facial expression. But their actions can show it as well. For example, Jumping may mean happy; looking ahead means thinking; looking down may mean blues. Without the expression, you will take more consideration of the motions they are making.

Most of people are still not used to face the camera head-on. They may act unnaturally and look at you all the time, or they just walk away quickly. Of course, we need to respect the person who doesn’t want their photo taken. But, why don’t you just do it other way, taking the photo of their back?

Without the camera faced directly, people won’t feel tense at all. Even if they know that you were taking a picture of them, the posture doing will be more relax and genuine. I like to step in the crowd and watch the people do their thing and get some photos of them. Those pics of the back are always beautiful and meaningful. Are you thinking the same way as I am?

written by hippopo0838 on 2010-09-20 in #lifestyle #act #emotion #move #active #face #back #expression #lifestyle


  1. disdis
    disdis ·

    I also like to show the back of people. It's like showing the past and the hope of a better future

  2. cruzron
    cruzron ·

    i also agree with @hippopo0838 - there's a story behind their behinds! :P

  3. hippopo0838
    hippopo0838 ·

    thanks @disdis and @cruzron :D

  4. denbaat
    denbaat ·


  5. denbaat
    denbaat ·


  6. hippopo0838
    hippopo0838 ·

    thanks for the like!~@denbaat :)

  7. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    great article and great gallery Miranda ! =)

  8. hippopo0838
    hippopo0838 ·

    Thank u @mikahsupageek :)

  9. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    love your article! nice stories from one's back :)

  10. hippopo0838
    hippopo0838 ·

    thank u @eva_eva, it actually a thought comes from one of ur article too. thanks for like~:)

  11. niki-tzi
    niki-tzi ·

    nice gallery.,..

  12. kdstevens
    kdstevens ·

    Well done!

  13. hippopo0838
    hippopo0838 ·

    thank u for the likes!! @ niki-tzi and @kdstevens :DD

  14. catarella
    catarella ·

    Iup! Thinking the same way!

  15. bravopires
    bravopires ·

    so marvellous shots!

  16. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    You're so right! Photgraphing the back of people is cool too! And it reminds me a movie from Taiwan I saw some years ago, where a little kid had his first camera and shoots everybody from the back, and when the people ask him why he does so, the kid answers: "because it's the part of you you never see, so i take a picture that you can see it" :))) Damn, don't remember the tiltle of this excellent Taiwan movie...

  17. hippopo0838
    hippopo0838 ·

    thank u @vicuna~

  18. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    And I found the title of the movie I talked about: It's called "Yi Yi" from Edward Yang (year 2000) :))))

  19. esterch
    esterch ·

    u made a good point ~~
    the face is usually the first thing we look at in a photographs
    without being able to see it, it can raise our curiosity
    and we pay more attention to other things
    that might give us clue about that person.

  20. hippopo0838
    hippopo0838 ·


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