Telling a story with shadows

Well, life continues to take me away from blogging, but I have found some time to get one submitted to the weekly Photo Challenge from Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo.

Shadow is a key attribute of good photos, as it helps paint the scene and set the mood, even more than light will at times.  For good photography, it is important to pay attention to shadows and notice how they help compose the image that we really want to show to the viewer.  An excellent article that goes into how shadow can be used to work the various aspects of a photo So, my challenge to you is to become more aware of shadows; this doesn’t mean that you have to go all serious and deep, as a photo that uses shadow can be playful…

This week the challenge relates to the use of shade in a photo.  Having a glance through my photos I saw the usual ones such as buildings, trees, and landscapes in general.  Then I was reminded of some photos I took some years ago (so the quality is not that stellar) of some school kids involved in an art installation at the Gallery of Modern Art here in Brisbane.  A film of a country scene with some cockatoos flying across the screen. There was a second projector which allowed the kids to use their hands to contribute to that setting. The third photo I think is the best — if you look up into the right hand corner, you’ll see a set of hands and its reflection on the screen.  I watched this for some time, as it was one of the best installations I had seen in a long time.

Click on one of the photos for a better view and more content.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Face

This week WordPress’ photo challenge involves faces.

Share a photo of a face. It could be your own face; the face of a loved one, whose lines and creases you know well; or even a face out in the wild, where you least expect to see one.

We either like them or we don’t. Me, I’m a bit on the fence — mine is certainly not an oil painting, but I guess others might think otherwise. But I’m not putting that to the test in this instance.  🙂

So I thought about what I might offer up to the theme. There are so many I could go for — I’ve been taking photos for a lot of years, so the choices are endless.  However I decided to show two photos I took recently. Every weekend I drive 90 km to visit my Mum who is in a nursing home in Toowoomba, the city in which I was born and raised.  This particular time I caught up with some friends and we went on a mini-tour of the city.  I was amazed at how many changes have and are in the process of happening, especially in the CBD.  I guess that’s pretty common in the life-cycle of a city.

One spot that we stopped at was where I used to hang around as a kid. It was close to where the public library was, and I would always park my bicycle there.  At that time the car park was for a fruit handling business I think.  But now, 45 years later, it seems to be abandoned, perhaps waiting for a developer to come along and replace it with something new. There is a fabulous piece of graffiti on part of the wall. I’ve always loved the creativity of graffitists  and disagree with the notion that everyone who paints on buildings is a vandal and should be punished. Of course there are some that ruin it for the majority, but in this case, the painting is brilliant! I have no inkling of the background to this piece, but all the same I think it is awesome.


My second shot is a painting on the building where the public library was located when I was that young boy all those years ago. This one was commissioned by the Toowoomba City Council, and it shows faces of the multicultural makeup of the area. The Toowoomba region has representatives of many countries of the world, all of whom have enriched the lives of all who make their home in the area.


I hope you have enjoyed my faces.  If you’d like to see some more posts for this theme, click here.