Light & Dark

These are some images I collected from my travels around Europe. It was while toying with my camera’s settings in order to photograph a tomb at a monastery in Lisbon that I chanced upon the chiaroscuro effect. Reviewing the results on the camera’s LCD monitor, I was immediately impressed by how dramatic simple, prosaic subjects came to look, this simply by having considerably decreased the exposure. I decided to continue experimenting with this technique in my subsequent travels. Little did I know then that what interested me so much about this technique was that in its exaggerated exposition of the contrast between light and dark it brought to the fore a duality that was at once factual and metaphorical, aesthetic and affective.

 

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