Photo Essay

In Search of Chiaroscuro

In Search of Chiaroscuro

The term chiaroscuro has been around since the days of the Renaissance painters and it's made its way into the world of photography. The word comes from Italian and means: light/dark. Its art connection relates to the contrasts between dark and light. While mostly reserved for strong contrasts, it also relates to the play of dark upon light or visa versa to create three dimensionality in two dimensional art forms. Photographically, it can be applied to landscapes, portraiture, black and white, interiors, architecture, motion pictures and more. Study the low light scenes in cinematography and it abounds.

Source: Chiaroscuro: In photography it's the contrasts between dark and light by Russ Burden

11 responses

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant   gave props (5 Jan 2014):


  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (5 Jan 2014):

    Those sharp contrasts really add depth and drama. Outstanding essay, John. Sure gets my vote.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (5 Jan 2014):

    A wonderful b&w collection, John!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (5 Jan 2014):

    Another excellent presentation, John ("Rockin' JPG's Theme Park," so to speak)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (5 Jan 2014):

    A wonderful collection of images......You have my vote!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (6 Jan 2014):

    One of your best series John! Voted yeah, AND yes for story of the week.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (7 Jan 2014):

    Yes, voted for this wonderful essay & for story of the week!! Go John!!

  • Eric Ianuzi

    Eric Ianuzi   gave props (8 Jan 2014):

    nice series. thanks for sharing

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley said (9 Jan 2014):

    John, this has been done...Please check my project 'Chiaroscuro' in my stories.

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (11 Jan 2014):

    Great story, learned something today. GMV!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone   said (7 Apr 2014):

    Yes, voted for this wonderful essay & for story of the week!! Go John!!

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