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Silhouette

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It is said that the silhouette of an object does not provide enough detail to fully learn about the object or know it, but we can easily see that the bird above probing the evergreen branch for food and that the evergreen is part of a tree. It seems to me that the silhouette can be used as a tool to know something or someone even better than one can seeing that object or individual in person or with other representation. There is no chance to hide anything when everything is cast into sharp relief, only the lack of observation or unwillingness to look can keep characteristics or actions from view. Actions are stark and obvious and static items delineated sharply when defined by silhouette. It is true that the silhouette of a person does not show complete facial expressions but it does show body language very dramatically, including some facial movement. If one is a student of human (or non-human) nature one can detect the major emotions and feelings that lead to direct action or speech. Those who do not take the time to pay attention and to study their fellow humans may be puzzled at many of their actions since they require communication directed specifically at them and possibly to be explained to them. It’s true that we don’t have many opportunities to view our friends and acquaintances in silhouette unless they’re backlit on a grey day or on a bright, sunny day but attempting to view only the edges, the outline of a person, or to imagine them without color  may focus our thoughts on what body language and other clues are divulging from deep inside. Unfortunately many people would feel uncomfortable or would resent what they might feel is an intrusion. If people could have such direct and specific knowledge of one another we might be able to avoid some of the conflict so rife today. With motives and emotions exposed prior to action could we prevent catastrophes? Would you mind having someone study your silhouette in search of your thoughts and motives or would you be uncomfortable at the frank and intense scrutiny?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

One thought on “Silhouette

  1. Some people gloss over and some study. Don’t think anybody likes being scrutenized, preferring the illusion of mystery.

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