Hand Shadow Art (Shadowgraphy)

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". Performers are titled as 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 because cinema and television were becoming a new form of entertainment. Shadows are greatly defined by candlelight; therefore hand shadows were common in earlier centuries.
The modern art of hand shadows was made popular by the French entertainer Félicien Trewey in the 19th century. He popularized the art by making silhouettes of famous personalities. (Wikipedia)


 

Goat

Hand Shadow: Goat

Hand Shadow: Goat

Rabbit

Hand Shadow: Rabbit

Hand Shadow: Rabbit

Swan

Hand Shadow: Swan

Hand Shadow: Swan

Flying bird

Hand Shadow: Flying bird

Hand Shadow: Flying bird


Goat

Hand Shadow: Goat

Hand Shadow: Goat

Moon rabbit

Hand Shadow: Moon rabbit

Shadow art cinema: rabbit

Head Shadow

Head Shadow on the wall

Shadow on the wall

Shouting match

Hand Shadow: Shouting match

Hand Shadow: Shouting match


Llama hand shadow

Llama hand shadow

Llama hand shadow

Llama hand shadow

Llama hand shadow

I can do it better

Hand art

Hand art

Hand art

Hand Shadow puppet

Hand Shadow puppet

Hand Shadow puppet


Hand Shadow puppet

Hand Shadow puppet

Hand Shadow puppett

Hand shadow duck

Hand shadow duck

Hand shadow duck

Hand Shadow art: rabbit

Hand Shadow art: rabbit

Hand Shadow art: rabbit

Simple Hand Shadow

Simple Hand Shadow puppet

Simple Hand Shadow puppet


Hand shadow puppet

Hand shadow puppet

Hand shadow puppet

Sunset hand heart shadow

#18: Sunset hand heart shadow

Sunset hand heart shadow

Hand shadow: Run for your life

Hand shadow: Run for your life

Run for your life

Hand Shadow puppet

Hand Shadow puppet

Hand Shadow puppet


Ostriches

Hand shadowww: Ostriches

Hand shadowww: Ostriches

T-Rex hand shadow

T-Rex hand shadow

T-Rex hand shadow

Hand puppet glove

Hand puppet glove

Hand puppet glove

Hand Shadow puppet theater

Hand Shadow puppet theater

Hand Shadow puppet theater


Shadow heart

Shadow heart

Shadow heart: I have good heart
I am a liberal.

Shadow heart: Love

Shadow heart: Love

Shadow heart: Love
We are liberal.

Shadow heart

Shadow heart

Shadow heart
They are liberals.

Touch

Touching hearts

Touch
Liberals ♥♥♥♥ Obama.



 

Additional images and videos of hand shadow art:
www.handshadowgraphy.com (Amar Sen and Sabyasachi Sen)   Video by Handshadowgraphy   Video of hand shadow art
Video of hand shadow artAlternate siteAlternate site  

 

Hand-shadow art by Albert Almoznino

Hand-shadow -- SwanThe fable of the stork and the fox

 

A collection of hand shadows made by Almoznino