So, I was going through my blog’s draft files on WordPress the other day and came upon this 1/2 finished post.
(one of 99 no less, speaking of Short Attention Span Theatre :-()
I’d been inspired by a shot I’d taken of my older son’s girlfriend cooking in our Sun Valley kitchen last winter.
With the light behind her and the sharp angle of her pretty hair, I was reminded of those old fashioned silhouettes.
A hundred years ago, you’d have been hard-pressed to find a home that didn’t have a silhouette or two hanging on the wall.
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They were insanely popular the world over, from the grand salons of France to ‘Little House on the Prairie’ cabins across America.
I remember making silhouettes in art class back in elementary school and having my own silhouette done at a fair…
Linen napkin image via Remodelista
of course once I started writing the post I began to see images of silhouettes everywhere.
Was it just that my radar was up, or were they enjoying a revival?
Someone once showed me how to take a photographic silhouette with the settings on my camera. Unfortunately I neither practiced nor wrote the settings down, so that info’s gone….poooof!
I googled it, but most internet directions involve using ‘Photoshop’ after the fact.
and there’s another thing I’ll never learn.
How do you do get the light at the front and dark right behind it??
or this effect?
Marie Antoinette silhouette via Janelle McCullogh’s “Paris” book
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perhaps they are having a bit of a renaissance.
This image via Graham Moss is a nice example of how silhouettes can be used to ‘modern’ effect.
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Indeed, they have changed with the times.
Contemporary artist Kara Walker turns the traditional concept of ‘Silhouettes’ on its head with her cut-paper images that critically address gender, sexuality, race and power within an antebellum tableau.
Passers-by in the Raval, Barcelona by geoffbcn on Flickr
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More recently, I caught our young sweethearts in another fun moment at the Chicago Museum of Modern Art.
*Note; a few days later my son cut off a full foot of his hair to donate, so I’m happy to have this ‘vintage’ silhouette.
The moustache…I’m still working on. :-)
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an almost comical silhouette warns of pickpocketing on the streets of Portugal
Last month, the NYC Police vandal squad were busy searching for the elusive British artist Banksy, who’d promised to unveil an installation a day during his month long ‘residency’ in NYC.
Mayor Bloomberg was not amused.
with perfect irony, Banksy’s work of art was tagged right after it was finished…what’s good for the goose…
supporters of Banksy supposedly removed the graffiti.
The question (which arose once before on my “Graffiti” post) as to whether these clandestine installations, both on public and private property, constitute ‘Art’ or not is an interesting one.
Though I appreciate arguments on both sides of the aisle, I found myself chuckling at this comment left on one site;
Unfortunately (actually, he probably doesn’t give a toss as it only brought him more publicity) Banksy lost many supporters after he harshly criticized the design of the new World Trade Center.
and usually the British have such good manners!
photo by Ara Guler
Slim Paley photo
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I’m still rather chuffed with the Instagram ‘silhouette’ I took in Utah a few months back.
It’s always all about the light, isn’t it?!
Leaf silhouettes via Jenny Lee Fowler
Blast from the Past: PHySicAl GrafFiTi
all other uncredited photos via Flickr or Pinterest