Originally Posted by Erik van Straten
There is no definition of the word "portrait". ......
I respectfully have to disagree. Like all artistic definitions it is broad but certainly not all images of people are portraits. Artistic educational materials and common usage gives us some characteristics that classify what is and what is not. My quick take is there are some commonly accepted characteristics.
* A portrait is an image whose specific purpose is to convey information about an individual or individuals.
Not their environment, not their clothing, not some specific object in the image, but them.
* There is some level of agreement and cooperation between the subject and the artist
. This can be momentary but the subject must be aware.
My comment should not be construed as anything negative about the images in this thread. Only that some of them may not fit the definition of "portraits". But I love this thread because it gets members thinking about photos of people.