Silhouettes Can Reveal a Lot About Someone

Here are a couple more postcards featuring silhouette-type people. I like mixing the photos (these are from magazines) with the more abstract human figures.

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13 thoughts on “Silhouettes Can Reveal a Lot About Someone

  1. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I’ve heard those words too. I probably have said them, but I am sure if I did, it was for the benefit of someone else’s furniture, as our own, well, it just took what it had to, I think! I like combining these figures with pictures. Somehow they always find the right location.

  2. agnesashe

    Yes, I agree with you about silhouettes and my mother used to say that if you wanted to disguise yourself then change your silhouette by altering your posture and wearing a hat. Personally, I think the film stars manage it better with dark sunglasses and a head scarf!!

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    I am really poor at recognizing faces and often pass by people I know because of it (it is a family joke, and they are used to giving me hints as to whom I’m talking to when I don’t recognize them. I have gotten used to it and until recently thought everyone was like this). Anyway, I can pick up who someone is much better with the silhouette than their faces, believe it or not, and their way of moving. So I like making these sharp-cut figures because I really pay a lot of attention to gesture and outline in real life, I think.

  4. agnesashe

    Perhaps you process spatial form quickly and accurately and concentrate less on the intricate detail of peoples’ faces. A brilliant trait for art, but perhaps not so useful when bumping into friends when you’re out and about.

  5. Claudia McGill Post author

    I have learned there is a name for what I experience – face-blindness. There are theories as to what is askew in my brain, but I’ve always been this way. I had no idea others didn’t until a friend and I were at lunch and we both admitted we couldn’t figure out which server was our waitress to ask her for the bill – then I got interested and looked it up. I do think it has forced me to look more closely at other details and after a while, it’s a habit and a way of life!

  6. agnesashe

    Yes, I’ve heard of face-blindness as it has cropped up in more than one crime thriller I’ve read as it can be included so that a witness of a crime can’t actually pick out the baddie in a line up! I thought it sounded an interesting phenomenon though I can see that it’s useful to develop alternative strategies for your everyday life.

  7. Claudia McGill Post author

    Yes. Because it can take some fast footwork to cover the fact that you are talking to your son’s teacher, for instance, and don’t recognize her, and you have to talk while also putting together clues as to whom this person might be…and then, it happens again the next time… and again. Funny to talk about, can be embarrassing and stressful to live!

  8. Claudia McGill Post author

    I made the person by cutting two layers and I liked the look of the twinning. And I do so love Architectural Digest for its totally collageworthy pages!

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