The Beauty of Shadows

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings — always darker, emptier and simpler.

― Friedrich Nietzsche

All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

This week’s photo challenge is “shadowed“, in which we are told:

Experimenting with shadows can be a fun and rewarding way to push yourself to try something new with your camera, your subject, and your surroundings. Shadows can also add depth and drama to an otherwise ordinary image.


Self-Portrait Using the Topaz Adjust "Pop" Filter
Self-Portrait Using the Topaz Adjust “Pop” Filter

I love shadows.  I love sunlight too, but shadows bring other things.  Mystery, for one, and on a hot day, respite.

They can also bring beauty to a picture, giving it depth and variety.  I simply like the interplay of the dark and light, the patterns it makes, and the challenge of capturing what I see so that I can show it to everyone else later.

What I liked about the picture above was the beauty of the sunlight from the windows, the shadow of the window cross hatch on the wall, and the light reflecting up and down the wall behind me.  Although some of the other effects were interesting, none caught that light flare as well as a simple processing did.  While it’s not black and white, it did turn out nearly monochromatic, which brings its own beauty and highlights the sun on the wall.

Other photos that used shadows are:

Working a Day Job – Part 1

Naming My Emotions

Time for Tea


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19 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Beautiful photo, Nancy! And I had to laugh at what was included in the original image :) No one would have ever guessed that! Where was this, in a restroom? Great before and after fun, centered on capturing beautiful shadows.

  2. I appreciate your pointing out the thermostat and smoke alarm…I might not have picked that up on my own…might be a fun blog post, what is the difference between these 2 photos. Really like the Topaz. Nice work.

    • Ha ha! That is a good post idea – what’s different in these pictures? They weren’t big, but I didn’t like them in there. Especially the diaper deck.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the final picture.

  3. Love your work and your words. I remember a photographer friend who always said look at the shadows! Unfortunately I do get them into my pictures when I don’t want them! This also applies to my reflection in the kettle, on glass and other shiny surfaces where I have accidentally become the subject…this used to happen in films a lot before digital enhancement!

      • Have an almost identical teapot and image! My sister was an actor and I remember seeing the whole film crew reflected in the puddle of water next to her while she was lying on the road in a scene where she was supposed to be having a very lonely death!

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