One of the reasons I love shadows and black and white photos is the contrast within them. This week's Project 52 post is full of contrast being that the pure black of a silhouette is in direct contrast with everything else in the image.
Just like shadows, silhouettes are another form of art for me. They simplify things into shapes and color rather than having all the details and textures. David Duchemin (the author of the book that we are following) notes that,
". . . a silhouette turns individuals, recognized by their features into anyone . . . and they turn buildings into nothing more than their iconic outlines."
I snapped this first image while on a walk with the dogs just as football practice was ending. Even though you can't see the faces of the people, or better yet, because you can't see them, anyone who has been to a football practice with their child can feel a connection to this image.
In this image of Dash (dutifully on squirrel patrol ), the viewer's attention is drawn more to where he is looking. Since he is "faceless" we are not distracted by the details: color, size, breed, etc. We see a story about a dog rather than a picture of a dog, so it's more about what he's doing than who he is.
This last image is representative of what we think of when we hear the word, silhouette. A beautiful sky with a scene silhouetted in front of it. These kinds of images are always full of emotion and speak to many people on many levels.
If you are following along with this project and would like to see what other photographers came up with for this week's topic of silhouettes, you can start with Darlene at Pant the Town Dog Walking and pet Photography in MA. One blog leads to another until you end up right back here.
Have a great day!