Photographer's Note

A picture of the twin cupolas that form the top of the façade of Salzburg Cathedral taken in the late afternoon and deliberately underexposed to obtain this silhouette effect against the blue sky.

Salzburg Cathedral (German: Salzburger Dom) is a 17th century baroque building, dedicated to Saint Rupert of Salzburg. It was the site of Mozart's baptism.

Some trivia from Wikipedea about silhouettes:

“A silhouette is a view of some object or scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouette usually being black. The word is an eponym named after Etienne de Silhouette, a finance minister of Louis XV who in 1759 imposed such harsh economic demands upon the French people that his name became synonymous with anything done or made cheaply.

A silhouette is a form of artwork. It is most commonly a human portrait in profile, in black. They do not show any facial expression. Silhouettes are most often made by a skilled silhouette artist by looking at a subject's profile, whether in person or from a photograph, and simply cutting out their likeness freehand.

Two hundred years ago, long before the camera was invented, someone wishing to have an inexpensive portrait created of their loved ones would have visited a silhouette artist. Within minutes and using only a pair of scissors and a skilful eye, he would have produced a little image with a remarkable resemblance to his subject.

In America, silhouettes were highly popular from about 1790 to 1840. The invention of the camera signalled the end of the silhouette as a widespread form of portraiture. However, their popularity is being reborn in a new generation of people who appreciate the silhouette as a nostalgic and unique way of capturing a loved one's image.”

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