23.05.2020 Where light and shadow play


“๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ”

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.

Iโ€™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 “photographyโ€ comes from from the Greek ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉล๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ด meaning “light” and ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉรฉ representation by means of lines or “drawingโ€, together meaning “๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ตโ€.

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

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