4) This picture captures the essence of shadow that many people overlook. Most would associate shadows with literal darkness and isolation, however, you cannot create said shadow without light! Shadows can also be referred to as company for someone, a companion if you will. I think that’s somewhat the case for this image, especially since there are two shadowed profiles. With all that said, it’s apparent that the concept of shadow is pretty paradoxical, juxtaposing isolation with company and darkness with light; this idea is mirrored directly by the clear light/shadow divide down the center of the mask. The shadows in this picture bring the neutral-faced, white mask to life, making it appear introspective and reflective. It looks like it’s keeping a secret that could be dark and juicy. If the shadow were not in this picture, the mask would appear simple and plain. However, the shadow changes the meaning and feeling of the overall image; thus shadow and light are essential when bringing pictures to life.