Friday, January 21, 2011

picturing thought

The beauty of silhouettes, to me, is what we don't see. We fill those unseen details from our own imagination. We bring our own thoughts and emotions into the image. A person in silhouette becomes a portrait of humanity instead of an individual.

In Kiersten Bree's image below I can't help but wonder what the young boy is thinking, there at the top of the hill, as the storm clouds roll in. I start to create my own narrative for his thoughts.

Do you do the same? What emotions do you see, what stories do you imagine for these images?

kat of The Kat Eye View of the World

conlan in silhouette
conlan in silhouette by Kiersten  Bree


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blue elephant photography said...

love these. they surely look like they are in deep thought about something. the man must be thinking about how cool it would be inside the tank and the boy is thinking about the plants around lol my guess

CDScott said...

I love silhouettes. They draw me in. They are mysterious.

kiersten said...

First, thank you so much for including my photo! xo Second, I just asked Conlan what he was thinking about that day at the beach while he sat at the end of the broken boardwalk and he said, "I'm pretty sure I was talking to the dog." Ha..not so mysterious after all.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

The blues and the light that is coming into the tank is beautiful. The contrast in the second is wonderful. You can even see his eyelashes!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

I love the shadow on the wall too, Kat. Kiersten, I feel like I am right there with him. I love this shot. I would be talking to the dog too. :)

urban muser said...

love these. very serene.

Anna said...

A college painting professor once told me that if we get the silhouette drawn correctly, the human mind will fill in many of the interior details from our past knowledge of objects. Silhouettes are so interesting!

Jamie said...

So beautiful - each photo gives you a start to a story and lets your imagination do the rest.

Anonymous said...

I love silhouette photos. So beautiful!

April said...

Love the thought photos, it is amazing something so simple can evoke so much emotion :)

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