Darkness is absence of light. Shadow is diminution of light.Leonardo da Vinci
Our cameras rely on light to create an image. When that light is diminished, as Leonardo reminds us, shadows emerge, creating interesting and illusive patterns.
In the shadows colours fade, details blur and reality can be distorted. How much of what we see in an image is really there; and how much is simply an illusion, created by that diminished light?
Here is another quote:
The picture of a shadow is a positive thing.John Locke, ‘An Essay Concerning Human Understanding’, 1836
So with that in mind, here are some photos of ‘positive things’, shared for Ann-Christine’s Lens Artists Challenge theme of Shades and Shadows.
Lamps and lanterns
Ceiling lamp at the lovely Riad Jona in Marrakesh
Wall-mounted street light in Lucca, Italy
At Bauska Castle, Latvia
In a temple garden in Kyoto
Shadow of nasturtium leaves on our back garden gate
Shadow of nigella seed-head on our back garden paving
In the Majorelle Gardens, Marrakesh
Self-portrait on crutches (long story!), taken in the main square of Essaouira, Morocco
Self-portrait with husband on the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle – and a bridge reflection thrown in too
Another self-portrait with husband on the beach at Whitstable, Kent