Amazing Shadow Art
Shadowgraphy or ombromanie is the art of performing a story or show using images made by hand shadows. It can be called “cinema in silhouette”. Shadowgraphy is not to be confused with shadowgraphy associated with radiographs or the broad topic of “shadowgraphs”. It should also not be mixed-up with shadow puppetry or shadow play – shadows formed using cutouts, puppets and other articulated figures. Performers of this kind of art are often called a shadowgraphist or shadowgrapher. The art has declined since the late 19th century when electricity became available to homes because light bulbs and electric lamps do not give off good shadows and also because cinema and television was becoming a new form of entertainment. Shadows are greatly defined by candlelight and therefore hand shadows were common in earlier centuries. The modern art of hand shadows was made popular by the French magician Felicien Trewey in the 19th century. He popularized the art by making silhouettes of famous personalities.