As a filmmaker, I’m intrigued by the uses of light and shadow. Objects and faces appear flat when flooded with light. Adding shadows models them, bringing out depth and dimensionality. People and places, seem more real when they’re shown in both light and shadows–perhaps because we know that what’s inside of us is a mix of light and shadows. Still, they can distort, as well. A wash of light may hide hard-earned wrinkles, flattering the subject while rendering them unrecognizable. A shadow can make a smile seem sinister, or a child’s nursery frightening. Me must choose carefully how we use light and shadows. Just as we choose how we use our words.
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“Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same coin. We can illuminate our paths or darken our way. It is a matter of choice.” ~Maya Angelou
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