I’m not normally a photographer, so I don’t usually pay much attention to that Challenge, but this week’s reminded me of a photo I’ve been looking for an excuse to use.
The Challenge read:
SILHOUETTE. The proper definition of a silhouette is “the outline of a body viewed as circumscribing a mass.” In photography, often we achieve that effect by putting light behind the object whose silhouette we want to capture, effectively darkening out the features of the subject instead of highlighting them.
And I immediately thought of this (admittedly a bit of a gag entry):
[And I realize this may not even be a valid contest entry, but that’s why I usually don’t join in on the contest fun: I have a very serious problem when it comes to following instructions and rules.]
Of course, another way to get a silhouette is by projecting a shadow of the “body” in question. In this case, mine.
And that’s my feet in their most normal state: naked.
The light is from the sun shining through the skylight in my living room, and it was diffuse enough to cast a very fuzzy shadow.
Or was the light perfectly sharp, and it’s me that’s fuzzy!
I certainly have been feeling that way lately!
Say what you will about the man (and I admit, I sometimes think he’s kind of creepy somehow), but he’s made some really great, wonderful films. Perhaps it is simply the case that true artists are just a bit… off.
Deconstructing Harry features a story within a story about an actor (played by Robin Williams) who has a “focus problem.” It’s nothing to do with the camera, the actor is literally out of focus. (Later, Woody Allen’s character, Harry, suffers the same fate.)
In any event, above is my new self-portrait, and I think it captures me rather well!
Stay focused, my friends!