Surrealism in Street Photography

3. Decapitation Technique

Man with red tape. Venice, 2013

Another surrealist technique we can use in street photography is the “decapitation technique”— when we cut off the head of the subject. The reason why this works:

Also by your subjects not having a head, it makes them seem more mysterious. It gives the viewer the opportunity to “fill in the blank” by trying to imagine what the person looks like.

Surreal street photo by Mark Cohen. Bubble gum and hand.

A photographer who did the decapitation technique very well is Mark Cohen.

Therefore to try this technique, cut off the head of your subject, by not framing in their face.

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