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 - - 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. Back again…. this time baring gifts 😉
    I have just nominated you for an award… stop by and get all the details 🙂

    Awesome shots BTW

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  5. Jo Bryant says:

    Hey Ailsa…love this theme and your images. They are stunning. I have a couple of my Charlie:

  6. Fascinating! The last frame is my favorite, but they are all fascinating!

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  8. fotograffer says:

    Ailsa, great challenge this week as always. Silhouettes of Halong Bay Fishermen is my contribution.

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  11. adinparadise says:

    Thanks again for always giving us an interesting travel theme. Here’s my contribution.

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  13. I replied earlier, but it seems to have gone AWOL, probably from a feeling of insecurity when it’s compared to your amazing examples of silhouette!
    Here’s mine”
    Thanks, I enjoyed doing this! Z

    • ailsapm says:

      Just now getting caught up, road trips and timely responses don’t go hand in hand. Your comment made me laugh out loud, Lisa. And your images are glorious – I could look at that ‘After the Rains’ shot for hours, it’s just so tranquil. xxx

      • you had a ton of response to this category; i can understand why you are just getting caught up!

        thanks! i’m lucky to have such an amazing view whenever i pause and look up! when i do stop what i’m doing and look up/out, i am captured by the view, the birds and the peace!


  14. frizztext says:

    greetings by
    my flickr gallery, silhouettes in Brussels …
    I’ve set a link there to you…

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  16. fgassette says:

    Here is my entry:


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  18. 4otomo says:

    Hi Ailsa
    Great images!!
    here’s my post for this week…………..

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  20. says:

    I know this fountain- your pictures are simply magical.. Did you know any of your subjects..what a great gift they would make!

  21. Love your shots. Very intimate, contemplative.
    I was also disappointed by Manhattanhenge, except I went to a bar with my niece and her friend.

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  24. Sunshine says:

    Hello Ailsa!
    Your images for this theme is fantastic!!
    Here is my take on your theme…and thanks!
    Silhouette Of a Mother’s Love

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  27. Anne Camille says:

    These are fabulous shots, Ailsa. Mine don’t even seem like they are close to the same category as yours, silhouettes in a different universe perhaps! My gallery “Sundown Shadows” can be found here:

    Looking forward to see what others have posted for this interesting challenge. Hope to be able to do so before the next awesome challenge you dream up!

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  30. Georgia says:

    Wow Ailsa, I love your photos, really great shots.
    Here’s my post:

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  33. Here are some of my nature sihlouettes thrown into the pot, enjoy!!

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

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  38. Simply enchanting. A magical land caught!

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  40. Ailsa, your pictures are wonderful! I have to admit that mine really stretches the idea of a silhouette as far as it can go, or farther, but here it is –

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