So, I married an axe murderer!

If you look at photography forums (fora?) and blogs you’ll see a lot about capturing as much detail as possible in an image.  Well I reckon that you can get great images without very much detail in at all, by taking silhouettes.  Expose for the background (most often a bright sky) and the foreground detail will disappear leaving contrast and mystery…

"The boy & the aerial" by Derek Gale

“The boy & the aerial” by Derek Gale

This urban image shows a boy in a man-made landscape.  There are no curves in his environment, and, to me, his body position implies a sense of enclosure.   The buildings are taking over the countryside.  There’s just little bit, by his right hand, that looks natural, and his fingers are almost, but not quite, touching it.

"Ying and yang portrait" by Derek Gale

“Ying and yang portrait” by Derek Gale

In the studio you can expose against a bright light, in this case a large softbox directly behind the subject, to produce the same silhouette effect.  You can tell it’s a woman’s face, not smiling, but there’s no other expression information.  It’s an exercise in black, white and curves.

"So, I married an axe murderer!" by Derek Gale

“So, I married an axe murderer!” by Derek Gale

Just to be clear, she’s not a real bride!!  It’s from a bridal model shoot where one of the locations was a wood yard.  She picked up the axe and the idea for the image came from that.  Some might argue that the shape of the left side of the axe head resembles the curve of a woman’s waist, but that might be reading too much into it.

Remember: less can be more.

PS  The title of this post comes from the title of a film!

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