Travel theme: Silhouette

My favourite fountain in New York is the one at Lincoln Centre. Surrounded by the opulent architecture that houses the opera, ballet and orchestra; it never fails to delight the eye. The dancing waters rise and fall, at times resembling a ballerina’s delicate pirouette; at other times giving a tumultuous chorus line finale complete with jazz hands. It is dazzling at all times of day, but never more lovely than during New York’s long, hot summer evenings.

It was on just such an evening, after a disappointing Manhattanhenge, that I found myself wandering past the fountain, which was surrounded by New Yorkers hoping to escape the heat. The illuminated waters cascaded like luminous silk, and the silhouettes of the onlookers around its perimeter created such an enticing scene, I couldn’t resist reaching for my camera.

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It fascinates me how a silhouette; a two-dimensional outline of a person or object, can suggest a story just as clearly as if you could see the scene in its entirety. Perhaps it makes our imagination work overtime, trying to fill in the details we cannot see. I would love to see your interpretation of this theme, so if you would like to join in, create your own post, title it Travel Theme: Silhouette and put a link to this page in your post so others can find it easily. Don’t forget to check back in next Friday for the next travel theme. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

xxx Ailsa

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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242 Responses to Travel theme: Silhouette

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  2. Hi Ailsa, your silhouettes are stunning!! I really love them. Mine are nowhere near as good, but here they are, for what they’re worth: http://catbirdinamerica.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/travel-theme-silhouette/

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  4. marina says:

    truly gorgeous images!!! wow….

    here is my link
    http://nprimopiano.wordpress.com/2009/07/24/waiting/

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Marina. Fun shot of the vet window, I like the layers of interest outside the window, which makes it even more unusual. Good capture! 🙂

  5. Madoqua says:

    Fantastic images! What a great series. My image capture is from Nepal:
    http://madoqua.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/silhouette-dawn-in-the-mist/

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Madoqua, I love your misty dawn photo, and I love your description even more, the elephants moving silently through the bush surrounded by swirling mist – I was almost there with you. Sounds like it was an incredible experience! xxx Ailsa

    • ailsapm says:

      Oooh cool, Allan, an excellent backdrop for a silhouette photo shoot. I love how the blue almost seems to glow. Wonderful.

      • That particular exhibit has to be seen to be believed, it is enormous. Imagine a high school auditorium full of water with a large picture window in the side near the bottom. I also love the blue color.

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  7. These shots are just beautiful, Ailsa! I’ve always loved the Lincoln Center Fountain, but I’ve never seen it like this – Every one is perfect!
    Here are a few silhouettes of mine:
    http://theretiringsort.com/2012/08/24/travel-theme-silhouette/

    • ailsapm says:

      It’s funny, TRS, I’ve been to Lincoln Center countless times and have always been enchanted by the dancing waters, but this was the first time the silhouettes jumped out at me. I love your Koa tree photo, TRS, it really is quite lovely. For some reason, I am reminded of an early Willow pattern.

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  9. Shaanthz says:

    Oh wow, these are fabulous silhouettes. Here is one from me:
    http://shaanthz.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/travel-theme-silhouette/

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  11. Lynne Ayers says:

    You’ve out done yourself with these photos, Ailsa! Beautiful, interesting, intriguing compostions.

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  13. Good one. I’ll be back in a few days with some shots!

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  15. Hi @Ailsa, nice that I can follow your travel theme this week, I missed two theme travel before. Here’s mine http://campanulladellaanna.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/travel-theme-silhouette/ Have a nice weekend to you, regards

  16. Max510 says:

    Hi.
    Here my shots for this theme
    http://wp.me/pjXOq-10y

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  18. Pamela says:

    I want:
    The last one; the first one; the second and third. What the heck…all of them!

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  20. livvy30 says:

    Ailsa, these shots are fabulous. Here’s mine for this week. http://ayearinmyshoes.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/travel-theme-silhouette/

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Livvy, glad you enjoyed this theme, lovely silhouette, I really like the way the sun has created a line of gold around Mike’s head. 🙂

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  23. Beautiful images Ailsa. The texture of the water is almost hypnotizing. Fantastic!
    This is my silhouettes: http://anettehermann.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/urban-silhouettes/

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  26. I dug deep into the archives for these photos. I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed posting them. Can you guess where I am in the first two photos.

    http://laavventura.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/travel-theme-silhouette/

    Thanks Ailsa for another fun challenge this week!

  27. viveka says:

    Ailsa, stunning photos – the water and enjoyers … my favorite pick .. is the lonely girl with her bag. Sceond for from the top.

  28. Ailsa, the water and lights makes a magical backdrop for your silhouettes. I’m off to see if I can find some silhouette shots.

  29. cocoaupnorth says:

    Oh! nice. Stunning silhouttes. As usual thanks for the inspiration…x

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  31. Dauw says:

    Hi everyone

    What a tremendous idea Ailsa to pop up with!
    I think you’re put it right in your blog, in many cases less is really more.
    Your pictures tell so much in their sobriety, a thousand words could never do.
    My favorite is the last one, because of the intimity of the scene and the little detail that it gets repeated on the camerascreen so we all become a part of it too.
    Hope you’ll also like my entry. Here you are :
    http://dauwgalerij.blogspot.be/2012/08/volg-je.html

    Have a nice weekend y’ all!
    Dauw

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  33. Amy says:

    I agree, your silhouette images are magical! Here is my entry for the silhouettes: http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/travel-photo-challenge-silhouette/
    Thank you for the great theme! Happy travel, Ailsa!

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  36. This is my first time to take this opportunity to share about the theme. Ailsa is really good to capture silhouette, this is a great theme…then I’m glad to participate…here is mine http://abualbanie.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/travel-theme-silhouette/ … let me know if you like it

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  39. deepa says:

    Hi Ailsa. I liked your description of the waters comparing it to a ballerina! And Awesome pics as well. Here’s mine (though the pic was taken by a friend)
    http://perceptionsofareluctanthomemaker.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/nubra-valley/

  40. brixpoul says:

    Hey Ailsa, Great photos, love them, so simple, yet so powerful 🙂
    Did you arrange the photos/models or was it random people?
    Cheers, Poul

  41. pommepal says:

    What amazing shots every one tells a story. I was “bush” last week and missed out on the sunset challenge so this week I am going to cheat a little and combine both sunset and silhoette

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  44. Never thought of something like this. Inspiringly beautiful!

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