Where does the word come from?
From the name of Monsieur Étienne de Silhouette, a French finance minister who in the 1700’s imposed high taxes and austerity on his nation. Because of de Silhouette’s severe taxation, people had little free money to spend elsewhere, and had to make do and substitute low-cost alternatives. His name became synonymous with anything done or made cheaply.
Profiles cut from stiff black paper were an inexpensive way of recording a person’s appearance, and the Silhouette name has been glued to this system of portraiture.
Reflecting on the images I’ve made in the last few months, I’ve noticed silhouettes.
Here is a picture of the dunes at Black Point, where the path cuts through the dunes.
There were two other images from that trip.
Another of the dune silhouette.
And a “staged” photo I made, of sun and shell.
Sunset and sunrise are times when you can particularly notice contrast.
The “industrial” can create strong images.
Frayed cable creates an anthropomorphic tableau.
On the ferry, after setting sail, a lighthouse may be seen in silhouette.
Birds soar aloft.
And a crow contemplates a crab.