Uses of Light 002.

Natural Lighting


Silhouettes are created when a bright light source is behind a person or object, which causes the detail of the person/object to be lost and only the outline is seen. This effect can be seen below in Gueorgui Pinkhassov’s photo of train guards at Kiev train Station.

Gueorgui Pinkhassov,  Kiev train station, Moscow, RUSSIA, 1995.


Another way to capture natural light within photography is to photograph shadows. For some reason, I find the shadows that look the most interesting are the more un-natural abstract ones, such as the Gueorgui Pinkhassov and Garry Winogrand photos below.

Luc Delahaye, Kosevo Hospital, Sarajevo, 1993.

Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Hotel in Akasaka area, Tokyo, JAPAN, 1996.
I particularly like these photos because the shadows caused by the sun shining through horizontal blinds create interesting patterns and create a completely different composition, to what it could’ve looked like if the blinds were closed.

Ralph Gibson, The Somnambulist, 1970

Garry Winogrand, Hollywood Boulevard, 1969

This photo of Winogrand’s has always been one of my favourites because of the cross-over shadows of the three womens legs caused by two light sources (both are actually the sun, however it is reflecting off the window on the left to create two.)

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