If light is the supreme metaphor for the contemplative photographer then shadow, it's antithesis, must be of equal importance. One defines the other. Studying the pattern and richness of the shadow world is an immensely rewarding pastime for the contemplative photographer.
My folio New Mexico: Land of Light and Shadow (all my folios are now in the side bar right here on the blog for easy access) is a study of these metaphors as in this image of the delicate shadow of a weed silhouetted on the silvery, rough wooden plank.
In Christine Valters Paintner's wonderful new book on contemplative photography, Eyes of the Heart, she devotes an entire chapter to this interplay...The Dance of Light and Shadow, so important a subject it is.
In photography, both light and shadow
are required to make an image, and so
the medium invites us to consider ways
to integrate both of these gifts in our own
lives and contemplations.