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In Silhouette

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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 world. [24 photos]

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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 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)
A woman sweeps the premises of the Maya Devi Temple in the early morning in Lumbini province, Nepal, on January 14, 2012. Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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. (Reuters/Hugo Correia) #
Keeper Dave Clarke holds a Jungle Nymph stick insect at London Zoo in London, on January 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) #
A man photographs the full moon in Brasilia, Brazil, on July 3, 2012. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino) #
Jonathan Byrd of the United States waits to hit his second shot on the 18th hole during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass, on May 12, 2012 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (David Cannon/Getty Images) #
People enjoy the view from a lifeguard structure as the sun sets at Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles, California, on July 9, 2012. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) #
Molly Gawler, an American dancer with the Pilobolus Dance Theatre, with fellow dancers forming figures in silhouette in Berlin during the Admiralspalast presentation the dance show "Shadowland" in 2011. (AP Photo/Maja Hitij) #
Sheila Shirah, 17, the 2011 Miss Silver Spurs, rides around the arena during a prayer at the start of the Silver Spurs Monster Bull rodeo event held at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, on February 11, 2012. (Reuters/Octavian Cantilli) #
Palestinian children play in the Zeitoon neighborhood in Gaza City, on January 21, 2012. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) #
Amber Houghton, a competition winner, is one of the first people to walk on the new glass walkway at the top of Blackpool Tower in Blackpool, England, on September 1, 2011. (Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images) #
St.Peter's Basilica, at sunset in downtown Rome, on on December 5, 2011. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images) #
A boy cools himself off under a pipe during a hot day in Faisalabad, Pakistan, on June 27, 2012. Temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in Faisalabad. (Reuters/Fayyaz Hussain) #
Performer Usher at the 2012 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California, on July 1, 2012. (Reuters/Phil McCarten ) #
Joe Cornwall, riding Hever Road, clears a fence before going on to win The Tribute To Molson Coors Customers Handicap Steeple Chase at Warwick racecourse, on March 21, 2012 in Warwick, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images) #
A boy selling cotton candy waits for customers on the streets of Kathmandu, on June 11, 2012. The boy, among other similar children, does not go to school, and earns around $2 per day selling cotton candy. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar) #
People run to the stage prior to the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at the Rock in Rio music festival in Arganda del Rey, Spain, on July 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) #
A man plays football in front of the Rodina Monument on June 7, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine, on June 8th 2012. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images) #
A scuba diver removes his equipment as he prepares to exit La Cueva de los Peces (Cave of the Fish) along the coast of Playa Giron, near the Bay of Pigs, 160 km (100 miles) south-east of Havana, Cuba, on January 24, 2012. (Reuters/Pablo Sanchez) #
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. (Reuters/Naseer Ahmed) #
Children play before the setting sun at Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles, on July 9, 2012 in California. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) #
Performers take part in a rehearsal of the "Agua de amores, sexo y otras humedades" (Water of love, sex and other moistures) by Maria Jose Castaneda in El Cachorro multicultural room in the Andalusian capital of Seville, early June 7, 2012. (Reuters/Marcelo del Pozo) #
A farmer casts fertilizer onto a sugarcane field on the outskirts of Faisalabad, Pakistan, on June 30, 2012. (Reuters/Fayyaz Hussain) #
A seagull is silhouetted against the sun on a mild afternoon in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 9, 2012. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) #

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