Motion Silhouette Creates Stories with Shadow Play

You don’t need an iPad to create an interactive book. Just ask designers Megumi Kajiwara and Tatsuhiko Niijima. They’ve created a beautiful pop-up book, Motion Silhouette, that changes as the reader uses light to manipulate shadows on each page.

Peaceful Silhouettes of Wildlife by Mario Moreno

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I thought I was pretty cool for getting a shot of a mother and baby rhino from an elephant’s back in Chitwan Jungle when I visited Nepal until I saw the amazing photography of Mario Moreno. His wildlife images are absolutely stunning and he gets dangerously close to animals that would make me drop my camera! The selection here shows his brilliant command of photography at dusk, capturing the most perfect silhouettes of some of the most gorgeous animals on the planet. Moreno has been a professional photographer since 1995 and has always had a fascination with wildlife. His breathtaking photos have been featured in numerous photography and travel publications and even got him into the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

I’m Not There- Shadow Photography

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As much as we like to tell ourselves that people don’t change, it’s simply not true. We are constantly learning and growing, hopefully for the better. The person we were yesterday may be completely different from the person we are today depending on what types of experiences are shaping our lives and how we choose to handle them. Artist Pol Úbeda Hervàs explores this constant transition of the self through his photography. By capturing himself and his shadow, then removing himself from the image, leaving only his shoes, he shows that there is still a man somewhere behind the shadow.

Sharp Silhouettes that Evoke Emotion

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Using simple black and white photography, Hengki Lee has found a way to tell a story with his silhouettes. The Indonesian self-taught photographer captures perfectly the outline of the people and animals in his shots without giving them an identity, almost to insist that you relate them to your own life or create a story for them. Using the moon to light many of his shots, the silhouettes are so crisp that they almost look like construction paper cut-outs glued to the photographs.

Vintage Instructions: Hand Shadows Create Animals

It’s hard to say when making figures using the shadows of our hands started, but it probably originated on the walls of caves lit by the dancing flames of an ancient fire. Through the ages the art progressed to include animals, people and characters of all sorts, culminating in the late 19th century when French entertainer Félicien Trewey popularized the technique by making the silhouettes of famous figures.

Visual Bits #243> What Do Your Eyes See?



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We Love Friday! – Shadow Games

Happy Friday to all of our lovely readers out there! It’s time to celebrate the end of the work week with a little photo fun. Photographer Scott Bourne has said, “where light and shadow fall on your subject – that is the essence of expression and art through photography.” Shadows are such a key element in creating beautiful photography that we wanted to do what would seem impossible- put shadows in the spotlight- the figurative spotlight of our weekly We Love Friday post, of course.