The Big Picture

Shadows and silhouettes

When light strips away the details, highlighting the environment and creating intriguing shapes and patterns, photographers create striking images of our world.--By Leanne Burden Seidel
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A woman practices Tai-Chi in front of the Sforzesco Castle at the Sempione park in Milan, Italy, Nov. 12. (Luca Bruno/Associated Press)
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An aerial view of Nad Al Sheba Desert in Dubai Dec. 9. (Karim Sahib/Reuters)
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A bicyclist passes through the newly opened Pinkerton Tunnel on the Great Allegheny Passage in Upper Turkeyfoot Township, Pa., Oct. 26. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)
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Emirati children practice a traditional dance for the celebrations of the upcoming 44th anniversary of the establishment of the United Arab Emirates, in Sharjah on Nov. 16. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
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The skyline of downtown Pittsburgh is reflected in the Allegheny River as it is silhouetted by the sun rising on a foggy morning, Dec. 6. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)
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Tasha Magoo, of Hopkinton crosses the street during Greyhound Adventures 11th annual Jingle Bell Walk on Dec. 6 to raise money for the Greyhound Health Initiative in Boston. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
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Young Indians play cricket as the sun sets in Bhopal, India, Dec. 8. (Sanjeev Gupta/EPA)
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People cast shadows on the wall as they light candles during St. George’s Day celebration in the village of Ikalto, Georgia, Nov. 23. Georgia marks on Monday one of its most popular religious and public holidays. (David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)
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View of a sunset behind Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado hill, one of the main touristic sites in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 27. (Marcelo Sayão/EPA)
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Members of a refugee family from Syria cast long shadows as they walk over the grounds of former military barracks serving now as shelter for asylum seekers on Nov. 3, in Ehra-Lessien near Wolfsburg, central Germany. (Julian Stratenschulte/AFP/Getty Images)
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Several cargo trucks make their way down an avenue near midnight in New Delhi on Nov. 16. It is estimated that about 80,000 trucks transit through the heart of the city every night from 8 pm to 6 am. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
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Runners are silhouetted as they run along the Chestnut Hill Reservoir in Boston, Mass. Dec. 3. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
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A saddle-billed stork casts a shadow as it catches a falling leaf on a sunny day at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Martin Meissner/Associated Press)
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Two boys are seen in silhouette against a glass subway station entrance decorated with decals of athletes in action on Dec. 8, in Singapore. (Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)
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A veiled Iranian woman walks on Enghelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) St. in Tehran, Iran, Dec. 8. (Ebrahim Noroozi/Associated Press)
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Strollers walk through the remnants of a village in the drained Sylvenstein water reservoir in Fall, Germany, Dec. 11. The inhabitants of the village of Fall were resettled when the valley was flooded for the construction of a reservoir to generate energy and for protective measures against flood waters in the mid 1950s. It temporarily resurfaced after the water level subsided due to work on a nearby construction site. (ANGELIKA WARMUTH/dpa via EPA)
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People cast shadows while standing in a queue for the annual ‘Stars Cars’ event in Stuttgart, Germany, Dec. 12. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters)
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The warm December weather was felt along Revere Beach, Mass. as many came out to enjoy the weather. Haris Seferovic from Revere kicks a soccer ball on the seawall of Revere Beach. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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A Kashmiri man walks towards a market as the sun rises on a cold morning on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Nov. 18. Kashmir is a green, saucer-shaped valley full of fruit orchards and surrounded by snowy mountain ranges. (Mukhtar Khan/Associated Press)
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An Afghan man prepares for tea as he waits for customers at sunrise in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 22. (Rahmat Gul/Associated Press)
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North Koreans walk on a bridge that takes them over the Pothong River on Nov. 28, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The Pothong River is the second largest river that runs through the North Korean capital. (Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)
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The U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument are visible as a man visits the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Nov. 21. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)
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The shadows of Delaney Thurston, left, and Alex Plaster are cast on the asphalt while they dance during a Secret City Soiree hosted by the Jackson Square Merchants and the Alexander Guest House at Jackson Square in Oak Ridge. Tenn. on Nov.14. (Jessica Tezak/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)
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A magpie flies as smog covers China’s capital Beijing on an extremely polluted day, Dec. 1. (Jason Lee/Reuters)
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A plane takes off from Nellis Air Force Base as the sun sets over a hazy Las Vegas skyline on, Dec. 9. (John Locher/Associated Press)
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People clean a buliding near the Sittwe beach in Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, Nov. 25 (Nyunt Win/EPA)
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The shadows from trees on a field near Postau, Bavaria, southern Germany, Nov. 2. (Armin Weigel/EPA)
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A car drives along a street near Holzweiler , western Germany, while dark clouds obscure the sky, Nov. 24. (Jonas Guettler/dpa via AP)
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A Ferris wheel is reflected in a water feature as part of the Christmas holiday illuminations in Nice, southeastern France, Dec. 9. Several Christmas decorations are now displayed around the city of Nice. (Lionel Cironneau/Associated Press)
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A photographer looks at the sky at night to see the annual Geminid meteor shower on the Elva Hill, in Maira Valley, near Cuneo, northern Italy on Dec. 12. (Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)
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People are seen in silhouette exercising under the fog covered Manhattan Bridge in New York Dec. 14. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
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A cat walks towards U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s motorcade during his meeting with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades at the presidential compound in Nicosia, Cyprus, Dec. 3. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
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