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Gallery Eight: Light and shadow shape meaning

"Photography" is a Greek word, meaning "writing with light". Understanding the effects of light in photography involves far more than making properly exposed pictures. Expressive travel photographers use light to interpret and express ideas. They play with light and shadow to sculpt meaning, giving a two dimensional medium the illusion of having three dimensions. They work with light to define the subject, and seek shadow to conceal it. And they take maximum advantage of the "golden hours" at dawn and dusk to bathe their images in the beauty of rich, warm color. My own photographic style is based on using natural light everywhere I shoot. I do not use a flash of any kind, either indoors or out. I am not a commercial photographer. I do not want to be intrusive, or call attention to myself in any way. I photograph people, places, and the natural world in the light that is there, to tell the story as best I can. Here are some examples of how I make use of light and shadow, generally selected from my archive of digital travel articles posted at

This gallery is presented in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a detailed caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.