The silhouette is one of my favorite photographic techniques. Simply by placing a strong light source in the background, a photographer can make the subject into an outline, a shadow, something more abstract than specific -- nearly an illustration. These images always catch my eye when I'm searching through photos to use in essays, and I've collected some of my recent favorites below, from locations all over the worl
People walk to the stage prior to the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert during the Rock in Rio music festival in Arganda del Rey, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, on July 7, 2012.
(AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
People walk amid candles lit at Praca do Comercio at Lisbon, on December 17, 2011. Fifty thousand candles were lit as part of an attempt by non-governmental organization Terra dos Sonhos (Land of Dreams) to achieve a Guinness World Record. The candles were sold at 1 euro each ($1.30) to raise funds for realizing the dreams of children suffering from long and terminal illnesses.
Smoke rises near security officials standing around fuel trucks, which were set ablaze on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan, on December 8, 2011. Militants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at trucks loaded with fuel and supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan in the southwestern city of Quetta, setting fire to 25 vehicles, police officials said.