To make a picture with distinction, a portrait photo is often staged; special clothes and a location that has meaning are selected to get just that little bit extra. When you write an encyclopaedia, all subjects are full of people. People who invented, ruled, committed crimes, wrote music or painted portraits...
The people who feature in Wikipedia articles are from all over the world and from all times. For many of these people we have one or multiple pictures. Having great portrait pictures in stock is very important.
Commons is the place for our pictures and I want more and better portraits. To achieve this, I plan on featuring once a week a portrait picture of the week on my blog. When this picture is not yet a featured picture, I will nominate it.
As this is my initiative, I will for now start it on a sub-page of my user page. Please propose candidates there or propose them directly as a featured picture candidate.