As a filmmaker, I’m intrigued by the uses of light and shadow. Objects and faces appear flat when flooded with light. Adding shadows models them, bringing out depth and dimensionality. People and places, seem more real when they’re shown in both light and shadows–perhaps because we know that what’s inside of us is a mix of light and shadows. Still, they can distort, as well. A wash of light may hide hard-earned wrinkles, flattering the subject while rendering them unrecognizable. A shadow can make a smile seem sinister, or a child’s nursery frightening. Me must choose carefully how we use light and shadows. Just as we choose how we use our words.
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“Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same coin. We can illuminate our paths or darken our way. It is a matter of choice.” ~Maya Angelou
“Sometimes the moon is light and sometimes it’s in shadow, but you should always remember it’s the same moon.” ~Terry Pratchett
“The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.” ~George R.R. Martin
“All of the masterpieces of art contain both light and shadow. A happy life is not one filled with only sunshine, but one which uses both light and shadow to produce beauty.” ~Billy Graham
“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.” ~Blaise Pascal
“Be transparent, so you no longer cast a shadow but instead let the light pass through you.” ~Kamand Kojouri