Visual Communication in Society


Views from the Blue

Shadow Play

  • Borrego Springs, USA
  • Taken by Eric Hanscom, 7/02/21
  • source: facebook

Another way in which drones can defamiliarise the familiar is through taking advantage of tricks of light and shadow play. Changes in tone and perspective can transform viewers’ emotions as they engage with the image, revealing textures of the landscape and subtle details of its geography that are not possible to gauge from ground level.

Through the vertical angle and the position of the sun, the two inanimate dinosaur statues that stand in the middle of Borrego Palm Canyon (USA) are brought to life in enlarged shadow forms, becoming the focal point of the image. The figures stand across from one another, arms raised and mouths open, as if facing off in a fight. With their tonal contrast amongst the desert landscape, the figures seem out of place, strange intruders on this otherwise peaceful scene.


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  • 11.06.2021

    Best so far, although that is not saying much.

  • 10.06.2021

    Not a very exciting pic, the shadows are the only thing that stands out, and yes I know it’s taken from a drone and the whole point is the shadows and a new perspective but is the shot exciting, not very much so.

  • 01.06.2021

    brilliant photo

  • 26.05.2021

    Like it

  • 25.05.2021