In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be presentSir Francis Bacon
Silhouettes are a great way to create drama in an image. By eliminating details they evoke mystery and can be enigmatic. They take to extreme the balances in contrast that we all work with in our photography.
For Debbie’s One Word Saturday ‘Black’ challenge I’ve put together a collection of silhouettes taken over the years and around the world. Many were taken at sunset or sunrise as nothing enhances a beautiful sky shot so much as an interesting silhouette in the foreground. But a few show some different takes on the theme. And because you can’t have black in a photo without light I’m also linking to Terri’s Sunday Stills theme, ‘Seeking Light’.
Note: some of these photos have appeared in previous posts, and a few have been edited to emphasise the silhouette effect!
and by the way
Tree at the Victoria Falls Hotel, early morning, with the spray of the falls beyond
Tree at sunrise on an early morning walk at Huab Lodge, Namibia
Retired riding elephant bathing in the Narayani River at sunset, Nepal
Lamps at the Emirates Palace hotel, Abu Dhabi, at sunset
(no, I didn’t stay there!)
Street lamps in Albuquerque, NM, on the stretch of Route 66 that passes through the city
Sunset at the Vyas Chhatri complex of cenotaphs in Jaisalmer
Sunset in Muscat, Oman
(note the two tiny figures by the watchtower)
Sunset at Jebel Shams, Oman
(more photos of that amazing sunset here)
Egrets at sunset, Fort Kochi, Kerala
Bird at sunrise, Souimanga Lodge, Senegal
Sign at a motel in Lander, Wyoming
Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
Statue of St Francis outside the cathedral in Santa Fe, with the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts beyond
Statue of Magellan, Punta Arenas, Chile
At a Bowie photo exhibition at MoPop, Seattle
In a neon sign shop, Soho, NYC