Saturday, September 19, 2009

Light and Dark


For Shadow Shot Sunday I decided I would post this simple picture. I liked this forest scene because most of the information about the trees comes from looking at the shadows. On this quiet trail near Bend, Oregon, scruffy hemlock create almost parallel lines that appear woven into the path like a pattern on a scarf or a serape. They demonstrate that, while hiking, there are great views to be appreciated while looking down too. Nestled amidst the dust and rock are silhouettes of the animate and inanimate. These shapes of dark against the light remind us of a different way of seeing. Through looking at negative space, it becomes easier to see nuances. Distinct edges are clarified and the unique beauty of the object itself is enhanced. The shadow is not shadowy. Its presence makes the world around it clearer and brighter.

11 comments:

Raksha said...

This is a wonderful, striking picture that really grabbed my attention and pulled me in as soon as I looked at it. I guess it's because I've always fascinated by negative space, and the interplay of positive and negative shapes (counterchange). There is also metaphysical law to the effect that "as the light becomes brighter, the shadows become blacker" that should be better known or better understood than it is.

Small City Scenes said...

Cool shot, Lee. MB

Sapphire said...

I like this photo :) A very striking picture indeed!

tapirgal said...

Elegant.

Sylvia K said...

What a marvelous shadow shot! Says so much in so many different ways! There are even things to be learned from shadows -- as there are with most things, just have to take the time to look. Good to see you back, Lee!

Sylvia

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Photos are really lovely !! Thanks for sharing..Now i am your follower too..:)..Unseen Rajasthan

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

On your forest walk,
let not shadows frighten you—
they are your keepers.

My Shadow Shot

Crafty Green Poet said...

I always love tree shadows,...

Jacob said...

Okay, Lee. I'll take your word for it. I thought they were just shadows! ;-))

Catherine said...

great sharp and striking shadows..

prashant said...

On your forest walk,
let not shadows frighten you—
they are your keepers.
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