If I reached my hands down, near the earth, I could take handfuls of darkness! A darkness was always there, which we never noticed.~Robert Bly.~A Little Book on the Human Shadow
Observing and capturing light and shadow are a fundamental part of developing an artistic photographic eye. Thanks, Tina, for selecting this theme for our Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #32!
In the tropics, I am keenly aware of shadows–small islands of coolness amidst the intense light and heat. We arrived this week in Fiji, a nation of 300 islands. It’s their rainy season, so in the afternoon, the clouds gather and for several minutes or hours, the rain pelts the earth.
To date, we have visited two islands–Viti Levu and Savusavu. When the rains end and the sun comes out, the shadows reappear. In this first shot taken in Nadi, the palm tree makes a dramatic shadow on the sand.
Several days ago, we took a small 19-seat plane to a more remote island. Savusavu is truly an unspoiled paradise. We take morning walks to the beach, where a few people fish and collect coconuts, and dogs wander, looking for another sniff and a pat. I like how the palms create a beautiful doorway to the beach.
Here’s a different type of shadow in a different country and a different season. It was created by two people spending a quiet moment at sunset in Vancouver B.C. In the distance, you can also see the shadowy outline of several oil tankers in the harbor, as well as distant mountains.
Port Arthur, Tasmania
This church in Port Arthur was dramatic and filled with intense quiet. I loved its burnished wood ceilings, simple carved statues and pews, and shadows that spilled into the aisle.
Balmoral Beach, Sydney, Australia
My last image is quite different from the others. I fell in love with this huge sheltering tree at Balmoral Beach in Sydney. I especially like the contrast between the brightly lit beach and the shadowy tree. I used a playful Buzz Sim filter, which turns a photo into an illustration. I like the fairy tale feel of the shot. Do you? Or, is the image too artificial for your taste?
Thanks again, Tina, for a terrific and inspiring theme.
This weekend, we are flying back to the USA. Our plans for the next week? Recovering from jet lag, visiting family, eating plenty of salads (time to diet again) getting my hair cut (long overdue), and putting on warmer clothes again. Wishing you lots of light, warmth, and inspiration in your part of the world!