Light and Shadows

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

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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21 Responses to Light and Shadows

  1. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

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  2. Interesting read and BEAUTIFUL photography. It’s amazing shadows really bring people’s faces to life.

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  3. smzang says:

    so much emotion laid bare
    each picture had its own tug

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  4. The photos are stunning!

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  5. revruss1220 says:

    Wow! You always give us the most amazing collections of images. Thanks for the beauty, but also for the teaching value of this post.

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  6. Hide and shadow play huge factors in many horror stories too. I like them for invoking fear, anxiety, but also can’t help to solve the mystery what or who is it

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  7. So many serene and so many powerful images. Thanks you for gathering them together and posting them. Be safe Mitch!

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  8. My favorite light and shadow is watching the shadows of tree leaves moving against my bedroom wall.

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  9. K.L. Hale says:

    Beautiful 💚 the pics and your message

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  10. These are great times to get B-roll.

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  11. There is just something about the light from a window falling across a face I love.

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