“𝗟𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗱𝗼𝘄 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿”Debbie Stott
Over the years, I have come up with this as my own way of thinking about the relationship between light and shadow – the two of them play together, but only in the spaces between objects, where we don’t normally look.
I’m fascinated by light but to be honest, I didn’t take much notice of it until I became a photographer. But, light is essential for taking a photograph. After all ,the word “photography” comes from from the Greek 𝘱𝘩ō𝘵𝘰𝘴 meaning “light” and 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘩é representation by means of lines or “drawing”, together meaning “𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵”.
Light provides an image with brightness and darkness, but also form, tone, mood and atmosphere. The softness of early morning light and the effect that household lighting has on a photograph, can change the whole mood of a photo.
An image made just with light is two dimensional and over exposed. Shadows add depth, texture, shapes. The opposite is also true. You cannot make an image comprising purely of shadows, otherwise it is not an image. It’s just a black hole.
A fundamental Everyday Delights practice
I’ve come up with a process called “Look into the Spaces” that is a fundamental practice for my photography. It is generally the first thing I think about when I start a photo session – indoors or outdoors.
The key to this approach, is to look into the negative space beyond the subject of the photograph to see if there is anything of interest there.
And do you know what? There normally is!
Some other posts linked with this topic of light and shadow