Shadow is a color as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones.
-Paul Cezanne In a world of shadows and highlights, the highlights seem to get the most attention. We watch highlight reels on TV, mark our documents with highlighters, and describe positive events as the highlights of our days. When it comes to photography, most of us are probably more attuned to highlights than to shadows, if for no other reason than because they are the
When describing photography, people often speak of “capturing a moment,” or “telling a story.” Let’s call this the “Narrative” approach. It’s a useful metaphor, and we can all think of examples, such as the Civil War photography of Matthew Brady, the “decisive moments” of Cartier-Bresson, or our family snapshots. The Narrative approach is valuable in architectural photography, as well. It can offer a framework for photographing buildings in use, typically with people in the s