Junichiro TanizakiWere it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.
Ann-Christine has given us an intriguing theme this week. She has me thinking about the difference between the word “shade” and “shadow” in English and how we distinguish between the two. Then, I checked the Italian dictionary and discovered that Italians use the word “ombra” to indicate both situations/conditions–just like Swedes.
For me, the word “shadow” conjures up a mood of mystery or a premonition of danger, but “shade” is more neutral. In fact, “shade” can be a welcome oasis in a landscape of bright sunshine.
The Fairy Tale Forest
I’ll start with an image that reminds me of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales of children getting lost in the shadowy woods and meeting monsters and wolves. The woods can seem like ominous places–in our dreams, in stories, and even in real life. But even in the forest, under a canopy of trees, the blue sky can poke through and create an oasis of cooling shade.
Ghosts of the Pharaohs
Shadows create a mood, a feeling that’s almost tangible…like the evening when I visited the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. I felt like the ghosts of the pharaohs were in the building.
Sometimes shade can be found in unique places….under awnings or even fountains–like this one in the Place de la Concorde in Paris. I’ve never seen such an elegant way to take cover from the sun.
I’ll end my post with a photo of Florence, one of my favorite places in the world. After a rainstorm, the rays of the sun poked through the clouds, creating bands of light and shadow. You can see the impact of the uneven light on the buildings below–especially Brunelleschi’s Dome and the Giotto’s Campanile. Isn’t this proof enough that Florence is a magical city?
We hope you join us this week for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #152. Be sure to visit Ann-Christine’s post and see her beautiful collection featuring shade and shadows. In your post include a link to her post and the “Lens-Artists” tag.
Last week, you treated us to images featuring your favorite colors ranging in size From Large to Small. Thanks for sharing a fabulous rainbow of colors in many sizes.
We hope you’ll join us next week when it’s Amy’s turn to host LAPC #153. Until then, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.