Sexuality and Silhouette Photography

 

Sexuality and Silhouette Photography

by Damali Conceptuals

 Sexxxuelle Magazine featuring the artistry of Andrey Slastyonoff

Erotic Silhouette by Andrey Slastyonoff.

I believe Karishma for Smashing Magazine described Silhouette Photography best when she wrote Silhouette photography is a wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood in a picture. A silhouette is defined as a view of an object or a scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black. Pictures like these often don’t convey a clear story, and leave part of the image up to the imagination of the viewer.”

Silhouette photography at its core consists of two core components of the psychological allure woven into the subliminal facets of erotic photography.  Those two core components of Silhouette photography are the amalgamation of “form” and “mystery”.

There are typically two types or compositions of silhouettes which are created by photographers; “narrative” and “non-narrative”. The differences between these two types of silhouettes can either be very distinctive or non-distinctive depending on the subjectivity of the artist.

For example, this image aptly entitled “A bit of mystery” by Russian photographer Sandy Manase is a perfect example of “form” and “mystery” with a narrative composition.

Sexxxuelle Magazine featuring the artistry of Sandy Manase.

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Adult Photography Magazine
Title: A bit of Mystery
Model:Sandy Manase
Photographer: Sandy Manase  

Sandy Manase clearly chose to use some natural light and editing techniques which gave this image some very dramatic shadows with a very dramatic vignette as well.

The composition of this image is excellent as it also tells a story without every really making that story definitive of the photographer’s true message. Meaning, we have no real idea what her message really is. Does she love the cat? Is she about to throw the cat out of the window? The composition tells a story, without any definitive conclusions.

Sexxxuelle Magazine featuring the artistry of Sandy Manase.

Sexxxuelle Magazine
Adult Photography Magazine
Title: A bit of Mystery
Model:Sandy Manase
Photographer: Sandy Manase  

The sexuality within this image doesn’t just exist because we can see Sandy Manase’s body through her clothing. The sexuality exists because we cannot see everything. We can see her gorgeous “form” and lines but we cannot see anything else. The rest of the composition is purely assumptive and that allows the viewer to project their own levels of sexual desires.

The amount of form and mystery in a sexy silhouette is purely subjective to the taste of the photographic artist. While some silhouettes are gorgeous by utilizing vast amounts of subject suppression by shadows; other silhouette images can be equally tantalizing and alluring by using more light than shadow on the subject of the silhouette.

This image by Romanian photographer Vladimir Lapshin is an excellent example of more light than shadow on the subject of his silhouette.

Sexxxuelle Magazine featuring the artistry of Vladimir Lapshin

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Title: Unknown
Model:Unknown
Photographer: Vladimir Lapshin

The subject is posed nude in front of a window overlooking a scenic skyline and sunset.  The composition ( in my opinion) is non-narrative and empowered by the combination of the beauty of the subject and the outstanding depth of field the skyline presents. The natural shadows of the silhouette cause a vignette which keeps the eyes focused primarily on the nude young lady, the skyline secondary and the cityscape tertiary. Overall, this photograph by Vladimir Lapshin is just a brilliant and artistic image with master level composition.

The reason why I chose this image to use as my example of bringing the subject out of the shadows and still maintaining a mesmerizing silhouette is the juxtaposition between this image by Vladimir Lapshin and Sandy Manase.

Sexxxuelle Magazine featuring the artistry of Sandy Manase and Vladimir Lapshin.

Narrative Silhouette VS. Non-narrative Silhouette.

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