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Photograph Your Own Shadow

Andre Kertész, a great 20th century photographer, did a lot of work with shadows in his images.

When you’re out photographing, you can forget shadows are there-they’re something you have to look carefully for.

Photographing shadows is best early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when they’re long enough to crawl up walls. However, shadows don’t necessarily have to crawl up walls to look upright. In Kertész’s image, Study of People and Shadows, Paris, 1928, he photographed four people from above so that their shadows extended along the ground and looked upright because of the downward perspective of the shot.

Indeed, shadows do make interesting and mysterious subjects.

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