For the first Lens-Artists Challenge in February, Patti’s looking for shadows a/o reflections but in monochrome. Although we tend to think of monochrome as photos in black and white, strictly speaking:

A monochrome or monochromatic image, object or palette is composed of one color. Images using only shades of grey are called grayscale or black-and-white. ~Wikipedia

So let me start out with an example of monochrome that isn’t black and white/greyscale. It’s also an example of both shadows and reflections.

I love reflections so let’s start with those. Reflections can show a true picture of the thing being reflected or a distorted one, something to remember when reflecting on people and situations. Here I’m reflecting on the reflections experienced in Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room in Chicago’s WNDR Museum, a museum filled with experiential exhibits. It was a mind-bending experience to be surrounded by so many reflections and I would have loved to have spent more than the minute or minute-and-a-half each person or group was allowed in the room.

I often enjoy reflecting over a cup of tea. Coffee with friends is a wonderful time but you don’t get reflections when the barista has created a work of beauty on top of my mocha. 🙂

A lake in Wyoming, one of my summer pleasures, provides both reflections and shadows, the latter from trees outside the photo.

Black-necked stilts continually supply wonderful reflections and they’re already in black and white. 🙂

This reflection in downtown Chicago illustrates one of my favorite things about skyscrapers. When we were in New York City some years ago, despite all the things there were to do and see, I was reminded once again that I prefer my canyon walls to be made of rock, not buildings!

You can’t leave Chicago without a look at the most interesting, iconic reflections in The Bean, as Chicagoans fondly call Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate. The Bean is endlessly engrossing. If you’re inclined to be helpful, you can, as I did, offer to take photos of people with The Bean behind them. I always enjoy doing that wherever I go.

Since it’s hard to top The Bean, both literally and figuratively, let’s switch to shadows, the first a winter view from my bedroom window in Illinois. The shadow in the middle/on the right is from part of the deck in the back of the house, the one on the left from our neighbor’s fence and trees.

from “Shadows” by Thomas Durfee

How much of earth’s beauty is due to its shadows!
The tree and the cliff and the far-floating cloudlet,
The uniform light intercepting and crossing,
Give manifold color and change to the landscape.

I’ve shared this photo before but in color, a special capture where the deer and rabbit lined up just perfectly. I have so many photos of this view but none that ever were quite this good.

“My Shadow” ~Robert Lewis Stephenson

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

Patti, thanks for letting us have fun playing with shadows and reflections. Enjoy the weekend, everyone.

  1. Superb selection for the challenge, Janet 👏 Love the reflected birds & wobbly building 😃

  2. bushboy says:

    Start with a wow, then a few these are good and then the Stilts….excellent. Great gallery Janet 🙂

  3. Love the lst image, beautiful it is so sweet, but those others are really amazing Janet!

  4. restlessjo says:

    You’ve gone overboard with these, Janet, but in a good way. Love that Bean shot!

  5. pattimoed says:

    A wonderful collection, Janet. I really enjoyed it. The deer image looks great in monochrome! I remember it in color and like this one better because it really highlights the shape of the deer in the woods. And your iconic Bean shot….I love it as well as the reflection of the birds and the trees in the lake. Terrific! Have a great week, too.

  6. solaner says:

    You’re first image, Janet, is really great. Simple, but powerful 👍 followed by the birds and the deer

  7. Sue says:

    Great set of shadows and reflections, Janet! The Stilts are wonderful

  8. Tina Schell says:

    A terrific response this week Janet! Loved your blue opener, your bean is really unique and spectacular, and your closing image of the stag is wonderful. Really terrific and creative choices, loved them all!

  9. Leya says:

    Glorious selection! Love every one of these, but of course I have a soft spot for that outstanding shot of the deer and the hare. I will always love it. ♥

  10. Amy says:

    Beautiful selections, Janet! The deer is remarkable. I also love the lake and the bird images. 🙂

    • The birds are so much fun and seem to make good photos effortlessly. I’m glad you like the lake shot. I came across that while deciding which photos to use and liked it.

  11. Dan says:

    So many great captures. The Bean is a wild, dizzying distortion. Yayoi Kusama’s is wild, too, with you n the center. But my favorite has to be the silhouettes of the deer and the rabbit. Fantastic.

  12. Fabulous photos, Janet, and thanks for that bit of info about what monochrome is (I will have to work on mine, LOL). That “Bean” is way cool, great shot! But I love that last image of the deer. Just so sublime, oh, and the stilts! Have a great week!

  13. JohnRH says:

    Great selections, all. The water glass and deer are among my faves.

    • Thanks very much, John. The water glass looks really good in B&W as well but I wanted to touch on the difference between monotone and B&W. I did like the blue though and I’m glad you did as well.

  14. tootlepedal says:

    Very inventive and imaginative work.

  15. Wind Kisses says:

    Yes, the last photo is my favorite too. It is so tender, like a lifelong friendship. The Bean is cool. Honestly, I have never heard of it and it looks as you say, endlessly engrossing. The birds in the mirrored tide evoke such a sense of…walk with me. Nice capture there. See you tomorrow

    • I hadn’t heard of the Bean until moving to Chicago and then whenever I went into the city, which wasn’t all that often, it was one of my first stops after walking from the train station. Reflecting the sky causes mood changes as the sky is much moodier that here!! And the building and people reflections are so much fun as well. See you tomorrow.