Andrew Hersom, APSA, EPSA, AFIAP  

Line Shadow by Andrew Hersom, APSA, EPSA, AFIAP

May 2022 - Line Shadow

About the Image(s)

This was taken for use in a "shadows" competition. It is just the shadow of clothes on a washing line on the York stone of our patio. The shadows were made slightly darker and the contrast boosted a bit. I removed the shadow of the clothes prop which was just a straight line. I also cloned out anything else on the patio, also a couple of pieces of straw. This is a colour image but might also do in monochrome. What do you think?

5 comments posted

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Good day, Andrew! I always enjoy the play between light and shadow and here you have combined aspects of both Abstract and perhaps the seeds of narrative. Some notes for your consideration:

You describe removing peripheral objects, some of them may have defined the shadowed objects more clearly (within its space), thus presenting more narrative into the piece. Maybe not, but something to consider on (some) compositions like this. I would have loved to see the clothes-line more prominent, for one example. Just a thought for an alternative compositional structure. I look forward to seeing more like this from you.

Lance A. Lewin
PSA B&W Photography Mentor
PSA South Atlantic Area Membership Director   Posted: 05/03/2022 07:49:39

Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Andrew, What a fun shot. I like what you did and I am glad you did not try to darken it up and put a vignette in. I like lance's suggestion that you see the line more prominent. Again, what a fun shot. Thanks   Posted: 05/03/2022 20:55:24

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Andrew, It took me a while to work out what the image was. I like to look at the image first and then read the title and blurb. I think I was throw off by the foreground shadows that I now realise are those round plastic hangers for socks. I think I would like to see some instantly recognisable items like trousers, shorts and shirts. An interesting image and concept.   Posted: 05/14/2022 20:41:28

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
I hope you did well in the competition!!! If I was a judge, I would give it a + + + + + +

I like the diagonal lines of the clothes. I like the subtle lines of the walk. The whole image works for me!!   Posted: 05/17/2022 14:26:05

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
Well seen. I like the tension of it being on an angle. I think darkening the shadows really works because you see the feathering of the shadows.   Posted: 05/23/2022 09:24:43


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