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Chiaroscuro Angel

Chiaroscuro pantheon angel in Rome, Italy
Chiaroscuro pantheon angel in Rome, Italy

Chiaroscuro, from the Italian words for light “chiaro” and dark “scuro”, is an artistic term describing the use of strongly contrasting light and dark shades in an image or composition. Sculpting light creates shadow, bringing out the contours of a subject in relief and adding a sense of depth and dimension. What better subject to practice on than a beautiful sculpture in Rome’s Pantheon, just before the lights were switched off for the night….

The Pianist

A street pianist playing music at Cologne Weihnachtsmarkt

Over Christmas I had a little dabble in street and night photography, somewhat off-piste from my usual nature and macro photography genres. This busking street pianist caught my eye on my visitmusicto the beautiful Cologne Christmas Market. He wheeled his battered old grand piano on a rickety old trolley over to a shop window and then proceeded to play really rather well.

A street pianist playing music at Cologne Weihnachtsmarkt
A street pianist performing at Cologne Christmas Market