Lens-Artists Challenge #32 – Shadows

“I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.”

Sylvia Plath



In 2017 I posted the image above which I captured in San Francisco’s Fort Point. It remains a personal favorite, and reminds me of a wonderful visit with good friends in that beautiful city.  I came across it while searching for something else, and it reminded me of the power of shadows in photography. So I though, why not? Let’s make this week’s challenge SHADOWS.



“There is strong shadow where there is much light.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Speaking of shadows then, one might assume I was here in the Charleston area when I captured the palm tree shadows above. On the contrary, I spotted the lowcountry-like scene during our journey to Israel this past fall.  I was struck with how similar it was to our local historic buildings, often times enhanced by similar shadows at the right time of day. 



“The closer you get to the light, the darker the shadow becomes.”


The discovery of a scene resembling those in our own backyard brought to mind another set of similarities. Above, the left-side image  is a street lamp shadow cast on Charleston’s City Hall. On the right, I’ve contrasted it with a lamp shadow I captured in Israel’s beautiful Old City Tzfat in the Upper Galilee. 



“A shadow is never created in darkness. It is born of light.”

Terry Tempest Williams

Finally, a scene no one would ever assume is in the low country. In fact it’s one of very few spots of shade to be found in the Negev Desert of Israel. The shadow of the acacia tree provided a perfect resting spot for this young traveler as we explored the area nearby. Obviously in the right places a shadow can be a very important thing. It’s certainly important to those of us here in South Carolina when summer’s heat rolls in 😊

We look forward to seeing your shadowy responses.  Please link your posts here and remember to tag them Lens-Artists to help us all to find you. And finally, remember to tune in to Patti’s Pilotfish post next week for Challenge #33.


Last week Amy shared her very beautiful landscapes and challenged us to do the same.


David shows us some beautiful use of light to illustrate a bucolic landscape at his photo blog

Henry gives us a quick tour of New Zealand’s landscapes at his Fotoeins site

Captain Jill joins us for the first time with her landscapes of Tanzania at her Journeys site


Wishing everyone a beautiful week ahead.




257 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #32 – Shadows

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  2. Love all your fabulous shots and am truly in love with the first one! 😄 Without shadows/darkness there’s no light, so it’s absolutely essential to every piece of art

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  17. It’s been fun to see how people view “shadows” as their photographic theme; I liked your 1st image at top from San Francisco. Thanks, Tina, for highlighting my post about landscapes from New Zealand!

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