La Dame et le Coq

What makes a portrait?

A painting, a drawing or a photograph showing a subject on pose, usually a person, recognisable for his/her personal traits…

But what if the main traits - usually the facial ones - are not visible? Can this image still be defined a portrait?

Have a look at this picture of a beautiful lady sitting on the stairs of her own house…

In my opinion a portrait doesn't necessary has to show a face; sometime other elements, like gestures, personal objects or a specific place are enough to make the subject recognisable. Maybe not to everybody, but surely this lady and her close friends can say that this picture is portraying her inner feelings of that precise moment… hence it is a proper portrait.

… on the picture :: Anne de Montarlot photographed by Marco Joe fazio