Why I love shadows....
The more I take pictures, the more I am aware of what is going on around me when I walk over the streets, the more aware of life around you. The more it feels that humanity is a kind of ants nest. Where ants work together and we are living for ourselves most of the time.
I love busy and crowded cities more and more, the diversity of people and their souls. They are on a scavenger hunt, not for food, for their well being. It’s is fascinating to see when you stop, watch around you and see how the "ants" are moving.
I am fascinated by contrasts; I always have been. Looking for this contrast is the way I am living my life while I am sitting down now, observe and take some time to think. I can find it in my photography. I can see it in my music. I can find it in my friends. I can find it in my relationship. Contrast fuels my soul because there is so much diversity in life I need to experience.
I believe in Ying and Yang, the balance of life. The good, the bad, daily life and exploring, being nice, being rude, closed doors, known paths, and unknown ones. I need to look around me and learn. My desire is to walk the hidden trails and having a safe place at my home where I can turn off the world around me. This is the life I love to live.
Photographing and being in the fast paces of cities, I have learned to understand an important message, the message of light. It tells a story, every day at the same speed. But the stories are different every day — some more intense than others. There are days where you try to understand the light and the story, and you can't capture it. It is like reading a book in a different language.
In the last 1,5 year, I have learned to understand it’s language every day a tiny bit better. For me, Ying and Yang are light and shadow, where light gives the character, the personality, and shadow, the unknown, the curiosity of what is behind, the mystery. It can control the person if the light can't be seen.
Sometimes shadows can be like another dimension of the life of the people we see daily. We are not looking to shadows; it's a common phenomenon caused by light. I think these are special and part of our lives that need to be captured by us, street photographers. Shadows are as important as light in our lives.
Color can enhance personality, like clothes, but it needs to add something. Some colors do not represent the character but are trying to interrupt the balance of the person as color can do for a photo. You can feel the unbalance if you keep watching to it. Black and white bring back the true nature of Ying and Yang. Light and shadow.
If you are on the streets with or without your camera. Watch the sunlight around you, and how the light lit the people to show you their characters or catch the dark shadows. Catch the contrast of life within a single picture.
2019 will be a year of exploring and understanding the language of light even more!