I was curious to trace the etymology of the word silhouette, given our theme this week. It's a beautiful sounding word (go ahead, say it aloud right now... put a little flourish on the last syllable... doesn't that roll off the tongue nicely?), and I figured it would have some deeper meaning. In actuality, the word is named after an 18th century Frenchman named Etienne de Silhouette, a politician who controlled finances, apparently not very well. He was criticized as frugal (to excess) and parsimonious in his work, and that description later came to be attached to silhouettes as we now know them in the art and photography world - something that is very simple, or frugal so to speak.
However they came to be, they're a beautiful way to capture shapes - both simple and abstract - and to highlight negative space.
RDN87's beautiful photo of branches and birds caught my eye in the pool, which was such a pleasure to scroll through this week, a visual feast of silhouettes.
mosey of mosey along
IMG by RDN87