A lady on a photo forum wanted to know if her pix of her kid from the back would fly without the face visible. There are no photo police…unless you are working for a client, all you have to please is yourself…shoot away!
Shooting from the side or behind a subject is a necessity sometimes. It may not be practical to always get in front of the subject. What can make a from the behind shot work is an ‘answer back’ that focuses our attention.
I see a lot of so-called street photography on the photo forums that are from-the-behind shots of people wandering the street. Many of them fail because they have no answer back that focuses our attention. Without something to focus on they are just a mish-mash of strangers on the street.
They look like they are shot by someone that is scared to confront a subject, so they shoot from a distance and from behind. Always have a focus point in your from-the-behind shots and you can bring in some winners.
(I was out playing around with the IR cam and some impromptu fireworks popped up. The infrared Pentax K-01 cam was not the best choice for the job, but I made due with what I had.)