WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouette Art at the Moss Landing Antique Street Fair

The theme for this week’s WordPress.com photo challenge is Silhouette:

SILHOUETTE. The proper definition of a silhouette is “the outline of a body viewed as circumscribing a mass.” In photography, often we achieve that effect by putting light behind the object whose silhouette we want to capture, effectively darkening out the features of the subject instead of highlighting them. My silhouette of the Colosseum in Italy I think still shows off the ancient landmark while bringing other details into focus.

Share a picture of a Silhouette with everyone!

I captured this photo of palm trees silhouette on my HTC Evo phone camera, during a late day walk in our neighborhood in July (more on the post “Spectacular Sky” here).

It was interesting to find out the origin of the word silhouette.  Although portrait art that we know as silhouettes — an image of a dark, solid shape on a light background — have been around since the mid-18th century, according to a Wikipedia article:

…the term “silhouette” was seldom used until the early decades of the 19th century, and the tradition has continued under this name into the 21st century. From its original graphic meaning, the term “silhouette” has been extended to describe the sight or representation of a person, object or scene that is backlit, and appears dark against a lighter background. Anything that appears this way, for example, a figure standing backlit in a doorway, may be described as “in silhouette”. Because a silhouette emphasises the outline, the word has also been used in the fields of fashion and fitness to describe the shape of a person’s body or the shape created by wearing clothing of a particular style or period.

Soon after taking the silhouette photo of the palm trees, I visited an antique street fair in the town of Moss Landing in Monterey County.

Moss Landing Antique Fair – photo in front of Captain’s Inn Bed
and Breakfast

There were several vendor booths with silhouette portraits…and having just taken my silhouette photograph, I found them interesting and took photos of a few.  The theme in general, were old-fashioned and of another era — well, it is an antique fair after all, right?

What do you think of this form of art & portraiture? Do you have one? Have you tried to make silhouette portraits or do you have one displayed on your wall?

My earlier blog post was of something similar but modern and current, that is, cut paper art from Emily Brown and Kevin Miller, now on exhibit at Sweet Elena’s Cafe in Sand City, California.  Click here, the home page for LolaKo.com and scroll to “Missing the Blog…” to see a sample of their striking and beautiful art.

Missing the blog…

Life, family, work. and more than the usual things all converged resulting in a busy September, and though I am working on few articles, I have not posted anything in weeks.

Well, what better time to reacquaint with blog than while waiting for one’s car to be serviced.

And so here I am at Sweet Elena’s café in Sand City, with a vegetable galette, enjoying the interesting collection of their current art exhibit, featuring cut paper art from Emily Brown and Kevin Miller.

From Sweet Elena’s Facebook Page:

Sweet Elena’s upcoming exhibition will focus on works from Artist Kevin Miller and Emily Brown. The exhibition will showcase their astounding paper cut work!

Kevin Miller creates his images from a single sheet of paper by cutting them out with an Exacto knife. He sparingly layers more paper to form backgrounds or provide contrast. At times humorous, at others sinister, Miller’s imaginative and often complex cut-paper vignettes offer glimpses of apparently ordinary life, whose mysterious stillness is full of possibilities.

Emily Brown creates large-scale black and white images on paper, often derived from a closely-observed piece of landscape, whether a water surface or tangle of branches. She uses traditional Asian techniques in a loose, contemporary style to explore the rythms and patterns of nature. The result is work that feels quiet & contemplative, sometimes minimal, sometimes overwhelmingly detailed. Brown, a former Pew Fellow, has lectured and taught at both the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts and the Graduate Program of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. 

Sweet Elena’s in Sand City, Photo courtesy of www.SweetElenas.net

Sweet Elena’s Bakery & Cafe is a sweet spot in Sand City’s auto repair hub…and within walking distance of various specialty mechanics, body / window / glass repair shops.  So whether you need one, two or three hours to kill (OK I’ve always hated that term, but yes, time to pass), a delicious cup of coffee, a croissant, quiche or galette, or their soups and petit sandwiches will help do the job.

Here is that vegetable galette, filled with spinach, butternut squash, some chard, onions and topped with tomatoes and cheese.

Delicious….and I just the call that my car is ready.