Shadows have a character of their own. They are free-spirited entities that will move and mold their shape depending on their “mood” – either by faithfully imitating their subject or by completely rebelling into the realm of distortion.
When you’re a photographer, shadows are just as important a component of the shot as lighting – and they sort of come hand-in-hand. Use a bright flash and you’ll have a crisp shadow (that can sometimes be too overwhelming and hard to get rid of) but shoot in overcast weather, and you’ll have a hard time finding ANY shadows.
If used creatively, shadows can also help your photos tell a story or add a “surreal” dimension to everyday photography. On that note, this week’s Street Photo Of the Week (SPOW) is an example of these ideas put to action:
The shadow here, combined with the yellow lighting and mellow tone, appears like a lightning bolt – both figuratively and literally. Arek’s photo is a great example of how photographers can use shadows to their benefit in adding that extra touch to their photo. Had he not noticed that shadow, zigzag-ing its way into the shot, would this photograph been as interesting? Share your thoughts.