My project is called ‘What we stand for’ and consists of a group of photos I have chosen which relate to the ideas I have for the recommended topic of ‘Representation and ideology’. I decided to represent people in a way which presents their most notable feature/quality or to capture the quality which represents the main emotion/event/passion in their life at that moment in time, however without showing their whole face in the photograph to characterise the subject in a different way. To achieve this I asked people what they thought was their most impressive quality or most notable part of their life right now. I got a mixed response which I believe, really allowed me to vary my photographs. The responses given included ‘my loud mouth’, so I ‘customised’ my friends lips and photographed them close-up, similar to a magazine advert for lipstick and similar to pop artist Jessie J’s recent ‘bling lip’ craze as seen on her album cover. Another response was ‘my smoking habit’ so I photographed my friend James close-up smoking and gained a lovely shot of the smoke slowly drifting sideways from his mouth. I took inspiration from the photographer Brigid Marz who is not as famous as other influential photographers but her photo ‘Day 5: coffee and cigarettes’ was exactly the kind of photo I wanted to recreate. Her photo is posted above. Another response I got from the ‘what is your best feature’ question was ‘my eyes’. I therefore captured a brilliant photo of my friend’s eye. This technique I used continued throughout the creation of my project and I gained a mix of other responses including ‘my music’, ‘my boyfriend’, ‘my new tattoo’ and ‘beer!’. I used a Nikon D700 SLR and a Nikon D70 SLR camera for my project and I felt as though I used the perfect cameras as they captures the images exactly as I wanted them. Other photographers I gained inspiration from were Helen Williams, Olivia Bell and Anton Corbijn who have all photographed beautiful portraits of people without showing their face. Photographers we have studied in class have also influenced me including a selection of Lee Friedlander’s photographs where he is able to contextualise a person or place often without showing their face or the main aspect of the place being photographed (Shadow-New york City 1968, Mount Rushmore, 1968). I feel I have understood the topic and put my own twist on things by using the no-face representation technique. I liked my spontaneous way of asking people what they thought their most defining feature/moment was and I believe I captured this in my photos. They are simple, but they depict that person and their own view of themselves.