Faces of Joy and Sorrow, Shades with Tag and a Living Photograph!

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When it comes to the human face and photography, we all can say a thing or two. Some might agree that the human face is a sort of canvas where life paints its way through. Others might define this subject as more resembling a map filled with the paths and roads that life has engraved in someone's soul. Much has been said about human emotions and how they shift like the tides of a wild ocean. But beyond the endeavor of capturing them all, we can classify them in a dichotomous way thanks to joy and sorrow; this week's photographic challenge theme!

“Faces of Joy and Sorrow!”

We all understand these two; joy uplifts our smiles and sorrow brings us down and low. And pretty much any kind of emotion deriving from these poles can be expressed, seen and recognized thanks to facial expressions. Up next, the most striking facial expressions depicting joy and sorrow were shared by our talented members during this last week. Some great shots might slip over the weekend so here's a link to the whole batch; but first, our photo of the week!

Photo of the Week

In a nutshell, I would summarise this photo as hard to miss! Her joyful expression and frolic composure make it a unique portrait, not to mention light direction and overall color-key across the whole frame. But what makes this an effective photograph, is the unavoidable price tag on her shades; an absolute visual pierce of humorous glam!

This woman was so funny. We couldn’t speak each other’s language. She came to the eye clinic and found the perfect pair of sunglasses. She wore them complete with the tag (size #) . Rural Moldova about 15 years ago.

Copyright – Pat Garrett

Congrats Pat, thanks for sharing such an appealing photograph with us!

Weekly Photography Challenge Digest

Thanks, Tersha and Dahlia for pushing our creative boundaries one step forward every week!

Copyright – Kenneth Wong
Copyright – Kenneth Wong

S0rr0w – a funeral for a fallen motorcyclist several years ago

Copyright – Pat Garrett

Perhaps not an emotion of joy, but a universal behavior that makes me smile.

Copyright – Pat Garrett
Copyright – Patrick
Copyright – Patrick
Copyright – Kenneth Wong

Exuberant groom and family

Copyright – Pat Garrett
Copyright – Patrick
Copyright – Patrick

For the first time ever, an honorary mention!

Copyright – Elin Laxdal

For more visual imagery, check out the 695th original challenge post!

A Highlight on the Latest Activity at our Community

Marty told us a nice story about this moody lion, click on the link for more!

Copyright – Marty E

Patrick spotted a good few stonechat on his walk earlier this week and went back to try nab a few frames:

Copyright – Patrick
Copyright – Patrick

Elin shared what can be defined as a living photograph:

Patrick helped Marty turn her – already good self-portrait – into a fantastic piece of art. Check the original versions and the whole suggestion process here. They also had some issues with hardware, specifically with a malfunctioning shutter and a printer question.

Copyright – Marty E

Last but not least, if you want to make out the most of your LightStalking user account, make sure to check the latest posts. Also, don't forget to swim the Mobile Monday Challenge!

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Our Feedback Forum is a fine place for all those people wanting to grow as photographers. Here, you'll get your work reviewed by friendly photographers, but you'll also have the chance to comment on the work of others. We believe in the power of feedback, and here are the latest shots shared in the pool:

The Shark Tank is a great place to learn and to discuss, but please read the instructions in order to get a solid experience. Share your comments, opinions, and doubts on any or all of the images above. We also will be delighted to see some of your own images. Remember all comments are given to the photographs; not the photographers.

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About Author

Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, and is a University Professor in photography and research methodology. He's a scientist studying the social uses of photography in contemporary culture who writes about photography and develops documentary projects. Other activities Federico is involved in photography are curation, critique, education, mentoring, outreach and reviews. Get to know him better here.

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