Shooting the Shadows

Light impacts what we see and how we see it. it is the fundamental thing that brings photography to life.

In a lot of photographs it is the lighting that makes or doesn’t make an image work. Knowing how to work with the light will help enormously in capturing photographs that come alive.

The absence of light, darkness, is often overlooked by a lot of photographers because they are too busy concentrating on the light. Shadows play an important role in bringing images to life.

Helping to direct light to a specific point in a composition, shadows can hide and reveal features that you may prefer to be hidden. Shadows also add drama, mood and emotion to the image.

My own style of working with shadows is usually shot during the night or winter mornings when I haven’t the time to photograph on the streets.

Below is a few images of my shadow work.

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Building Light and fences
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Tree Branches
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Building light and fences
Day 03 - Shadows
Sun Shining through a fence
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Evening Sunlight through Window Blinds
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Building Light and fences

 

How I stay inspired with my photography

For the last 11 years there has not been many days i have not taken a photograph. I am inspired by life, the mundane, the ordinary. I love to capture the stuff what people miss, walk past or take for granted, but that is just “things” I photograph.

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Texture and colour sculptured by light

I have ongoing projects such as my “night light” project where i shoot images using ambient street light and/or shop window light as the main light source. This works better on the dark night in winter where the streets are paved with the golden glow from the street lamps. I love to capture LIGHT, the way it enhances things and gives shape to them, how it cuts through mist giving “feel” and depth to the image.

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The evening chill adding ambience via the flood light warmth of streetlight

What about people? I love to photograph people… candidly if at all possible. In a crowd I can disassociate and immerse myself, losing myself observing the nuances of eye contact, facial expressions and interactions between people.

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Truly in the moment

So in conclusion my inspiration is light and life. How can one be bored with “nothing to photograph” in a world of visual beauty. I take a camera just about everywhere I go. It is always ready to capture a beautiful light source burning through a cloud or highlighting a flower, capturing interaction and mood between people and last but not least always ready to help me communicate my vision of the world around me.