Photojojo, a great web newsletter on photography (as well as a very wallet-dangerous store!) has a new post today entitled How to Shoot Portraits Without People.
This is a great example of how objects and context can help to reveal personal information about your subject.
It’s that I don’t like white paper backgrounds. A woman does not live in front of white paper. She lives on the street, in a motor car, in a hotel room. – Helmut Newton