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.

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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.

14 thoughts on “WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouette Art at the Moss Landing Antique Street Fair

  1. Nicely done. I love that you included the Wiki definition. I have a little silhouette like that with Morpho butterfly wings in the background. I suppose that’s not very pc these days but it’s so darn pretty.

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    • Thank you Elizabeth, and your collection for this theme are lovely! I may add more too, as you said, we have a lot more of these silhouette photos than we realize. On my first photo, I was more focused on the color of the sky, and the time of day resulted in the silhouette.

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