Photography: Shadow and Light: Mostly Black and White

I have always appreciated and enjoyed the play of light and shadow especially when they create fascinating patterns. While visting my eye doctor for a routine exam during an early spring morning in the Phoenix, I was intrigued by the interesting patterns I found and how they would look once rendered in black and white.

I didn’t have my camera with me during the visit, but with smartphones nowadays most people have access to a camera and that is what I used. This project was not planned ahead of time. I became enchanted with the colors and shadows in and around the office and was inspired to capture these photos.

The images below were converted to black and white with other enhancements in Adobe Lightroom.

The Ophthalmic mirror

The Ophthalmic mirror for projecting the eye chart

pholstered red corner chair

An upholstered corner chair for a patient’s relative or friend

Two mirrors used by eye doctors

Most eye doctor’s use two mirrors to project the eye chart because rooms are usually too small for ideal projection of the image otherwise

Strong shadows cast by the building's architecture

The building’s architecture created amazing displays of light and shadow…and those lines

Mysterious display of light and shadow

An alcove by the lower entrance mysterious enough for a Raymond Chandler novel

Yellow-Throated Gilia wildflower

A variation on a theme with a bit of color added to a window view of the shade structure


That’s the beauty of photography, anyone with the ability to capture an image can find inspiration and creativity wherever they go. If you are a regular reader of, you know I enjoy quotes. Perhaps enjoy is too mild a term, but quotes are a big part of my creative process. So I will leave you with this:

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” ― Ernst Haas

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