If you google light in photography, you will find all types of guides on understanding artificial and natural light and how to shape it for various uses. There’s nothing wrong with these sources however this isn’t what I want to talk about.
For me, there is nothing more intriguing to me than dark, moody and low light images. Even more intriguing to me are shadows as without light there will not be shadows. Light commonly refers to electromagnetic radiation that can be detected by the human eye. As we all we know the fundamentals of photography is light. Even the word photography is formed by joining the Greek word for light and drawing. Just as painters brush paint onto canvas to create an image, photographers paint an image by capturing light particles on a light – sensitive medium. So without light, not a single picture could ever be taken.
I love playing with shadows as I love a sense of mystery. My aim is not to present the viewer with a fully comprehensible photograph.
In my work, I like to create mystery, curiosity, a sense of wonder even confusion. It should be about making things that are not so obvious to the audience and obscuring vital information and clues so that each viewer is transformed from a passive observer to an active participant as they look to figure things out.
What I like about this image is its element of mystery. It is tempting not to darken the image and reveal more details but this would make for a very boring image. To deepen the mystery, I purposely went with a dark sky and selective part of the architecture in order to highlight the areas that reflected light the most. By allowing the shadows to go to black, I am inviting the viewer to explore the image further almost as though to solve a mystery. Mysteries are compelling and I love a good mystery.