“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” Samuel Smiles
Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill-defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves. Leonardo da Vinci
For this photo challenge on shadows and light, I had to dig deeper in my files. Why? Because as an amateur photog, I file my photos with a system that works for me; some are obvious and others are obscure. For one, Shadows is not a file I’ve even thought of creating until today and I’m grateful for it. The photos are an eclectic collection of pictures taken around the globe. If you recognize any, share a memory of your time there.
“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see..” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories. Elie Wiesel
Nathaniel Hawthorne once said that “Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind,” and that is so true. As I looked through my pictures for this assignment, I was struck by how quickly time flew by from when I took the shots and where I am today. That is the magic and beauty of photography. It captures images and encapsulates them on a frame, stopping time in its tracks… momentarily. This challenge made me wistful for specific moments in my life when these pictures were taken… The shadow casts a spell highlighting the darkness in the light.
“Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.” Jean de La Fontaine
The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased. Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow. Leonardo da Vinci
I remember sitting in this very, very cold cathedral with a great, sad history and wondering what it must have felt like to hold service in it hundreds of years ago. I still wonder about that… Have a great weekend!
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This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed For this week’s Photo Challenge, find the shadows. You can choose a literal interpretation and shoot an actual shadow, or you can play with the light and dark, and create a moody scene, or capture your subject in a rich and interesting way.
Positive Motivation Tip: Embrace the shadow behind the light. They are one and the same… Answers shine through for us.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.