The word “silhouette” derives from the name of Étienne de Silhouette, a French finance minister who, in 1759, was forced by France’s credit crisis during the Seven Years War to impose severe economic demands upon the French people, particularly the wealthy. Because of de Silhouette’s austere economies, his name became eponymous with anything done or made cheaply and so with these outline portraits. Prior to the advent of photography, silhouette profiles cut from black card were the cheapest way of recording a person’s appearance.
I didn’t know this.
Most photos that depict silhouettes strike me as peaceful and quiet. For this week’s photo challenge on silhouettes I looked through my photo archives and thought this one was fitting.
Early morning on a lagoon in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. Quiet and peaceful. Minutes before the rainforest awakes.