Nikolai Tolstyh, the Russian artist, cuts out intricate paper silhouettes of animals and then take photos in a natural setting. The artist uses appropriate textures for each image and the combination is surprisingly perfect. For example, a giraffe’s spots are mimicked by blossoming yellow buds, while thin brown leaves serve as a tiger’s stripes. Dewdrop-covered grass, tree trunks worn with rustic lines, colorfully bold flower petals, and freshly fallen autumn leaves, there are so many options for artist to choose to color his two-dimensional zoo. See more of Tolstyh’s work on his instagram page and find out how he capture the many shapes and forms of beauty that unceasingly occupies the world around us.
Many people love silhouette since they are so open to interpretation. Instead of showing you every details, you only see the one solid shape of the main object on the photo. In most cases, those subject are featureless apart from their outline, which makes them worth exploring. You have to use your imagination to find out the emotion and mood photographer want to convey. Basically, the viewer subconsciously projects her own hopes, fears, and mood onto the silhouette. There are many great examples of Silhouette Photography and we select 15 our favorite ones in this post. Take a look and hope you enjoy them.
1. by Aivis Ilsters
Dmytro and Iuliia of DreamPapercut are a young couple in Kyiv, Ukraine who make Hand-Cut Paper Art Silhouettes for various objects, such as animal, peopel and nature. Every piece is cut from a single sheet of paper and the negative spaces create a delicate image. To create such work, it might take several hours or even several days. The process is quite painstaking while the work is amazing. Check out DreamPapercut’s Etsy page for all of their work!
We have showcased some amazing paper cut arts on the our site before, and today we will feature another delicate art from Joe Bagley who creates unique silhouette art from a single sheet of black paper. Bagley’s designs are all original and each is cut by hand using sharp x-acto knives. He even proudly states, “No lasers, dies, or prints!”