1. a dark figure or image cast on the ground or some surface by a body intercepting light.
Light is seen as one of the most important aspects of photography. On the other hand, shadows may be seen as less important because of their lack of light. Shadows however, are able to help the viewer’s eyes focus by removing detail from the less important parts of the photograph. Shadows, with their subtlety, are able to highlight emotions, drama and contrast. Shadows can appear in countless shapes and variations, they are a part of our every day lives.
For this piece, I have decided to focus on how light bounces off an object to create different shadows. These photographs were shot in studio using a female model to help portray the effects lighting and shadow can have when using the body as a canvas for light. I decided to not show the women’s face in any of the pictures as I feel it took away from the goal I was trying to achieve. It’s clear the photographs are taken on a person even without every seeing their face. This allows my piece to be more abstract because some of the pictures take more thought to understand than the others. As a photographer who is into fashion, celebrity and entertainment photography I wanted to do something that allowed me to combine my interests together. By using a model it allowed me to follow my roots while exploring an important aspect and skill contributed to photography that I’m inspired to work with more in the future. It’s very easily to fall into clichés when working with shadows and I wanted to stay away from that. I enjoyed exploring how an image can be affected by light bouncing off an object in the path of the subject, creating unique shadows. Even simple shadow casts have the ability to help build bold, interesting photographs. I think it’s important to capture moments where there’s an artistic balance of both light and shadow, that’s what I chose to do with this piece.