In thinking about this subject, I realized how infrequently I use silhouettes in my photography. A search of my archive revealed only a few examples of this technique. And yet, it would seem the abstracted and simplified nature of a silhouetted shape would naturally appeal to my photographic eye.
Perhaps it is because I rarely shoot at sunrise or sunset – the classic times when colorful skies serve as interesting backdrop to silhouetted figures or objects. Could I create intriguing silhouettes without shooting during the golden hours?
As Kat explains, silhouettes are all about shape. And so, I began my search for interesting shapes – ones that could stand on their own against a blue daytime sky. For me, this was an appealing challenge – to distill an image down to its essence of line and shape and interaction with the light. Shooting for silhouettes was a revelation – a new way of seeing the world around me. A deliberate approach to framing and composition that make the most of pattern and shape.
It’s good to have another technique in one’s photographic arsenal. Another way to bring the world into focus. Another way to bring the beauty of our vision to light.
Here are a few of my silhouette finds. Thanks to Kat for the inspirational lesson.
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