Sometimes I like to think about different words and describe with images what I think they mean.
This week Leya has noticed that shade and shadow have different meanings in English, whereas in Swedish there is only one word for the both.
To me a shadow is a dark shape that reflects the original in an interesting way. Shadows are playful. I love photographing shadows, I have dozens of photos of shadows!
A distinct shadow cast by a brilliant sculpture.A shadowy staircase.A small black cat and his shadow tread softly across the sun-lit plaza of Valvanera, an 11th century monastery in Spain. An electric shadow cast by flashing lights at night in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Museum of Asian Civilization in Singapore used shadows and lighting with an amazing effect, much more than most museums. I thought that perhaps these ‘shadow’ puppets from Indonesia were perhaps the inspiration.
None of the shadows above provide much in the way of shade. Shade is more of a concept – something desperately needed when outside is boiling hot and inside is stuffy and airless.
Although shadows can provide shade, they have to be bigger to provide relief from the heat, such as this shadow of a temple in Mandalay, Myanmar. Napping in the shade of the U Bien Bridge in a small fishing boat (Myanmar). Another from Myanmar, where the entire population shuts down in the heat of the day, and only mad dogs and Englishmen (and tourists) are out and about in the mid-day sun. The concept of shade on a Costa Rican beach. A shade garden sign at the Washington State University Discovery Gardens near Mt. Verson, Washington. Only the sign is in the sun!More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Shadows and Shade.