Chiaroscuro: Strong Contrasts Between Light and Shadow

Barry Hodgert Photography

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For Photographer Barry Hodgert, the lighting is the subject.  The composition is the complement to the lighting, a powerful combination.  This is evident in the images he takes, such as breaking waves in light and shadow, masses of clouds hovering over a landscape, patterns in snow, and water, the inclining lines of a building in a field, and so on.  He thinks of himself as a Chiaroscurist, and tailors his style to it.

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For Photographer Barry Hodgert, the lighting is the subject.  The composition is the complement to the lighting, a powerful combination.  This is evident in the images he takes, such as breaking waves in light and shadow, masses of clouds hovering over a landscape, patterns in snow, and water, the inclining lines of a building in a field, and so on.  He thinks of himself as a Chiaroscurist, and tailors his style to it.

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Most of his photographs do not have people in them.  He comes from a large family and knew everyone in his community growing up.  He shows space in his work and restricts the human element in his photos.  There is space for viewers to put themselves in the photograph, or at least contemplate it, without the imposition of a figure trying to add an element to an untold story.   There is something particularly Canadian about a landscape, devoid of a human figure, as we observe and reflect upon its vastness and detail, and our relationship to it.

 

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