Shades and shadows

Shade & Shadow

sometimes these terms confuse us.Do they convey the same meaning?

No, my friend. They are different.

That’s the beauty of the English Language.

I understand that most of the European languages have just one word to represent both.



Denotes a significant sized dark area resulting from the blocked light source.

Here the importance is given to the absence of light.

The shape of the shadow is vague.

Examples – shade from a tree or shade from a light-house.

Object blocking the light is irrelevant.

Shade indicates shield from light.

In this image below, the road and most of the river covered by shade

The thing about the light that shines within us is we have the option to put a shade on it, which impedes the light from emitting, or take the shade off it, which allows the world around us to become illuminated.Jeffrey G. Duart




Denotes a dark area with a definite shape. Here, the object that created the darkness is important.

Example- Our very own shadow from Sunlight.

Object blocking the light is relevant.

Shadow indicates, blockage of light.

“In faith, there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.” Blaise Pascal

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philosophy Through Photography

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This post is part of Ann Christine’s Lens-Artists Photo challenge- Shades and Shadows


30 thoughts on “Shades and shadows

          1. Good to hear, your posts have been wonderful these past few days, I look forward to reading them, much to learn and discover then ponder some more.

            I’m okay thank you, writing and getting out into the sun when I can, the UK is experiencing a heatwave.

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              1. Ah, warm words, thank you as for you the same, a beautiful soul indeed you are. God bless you, what is your name?

                Take care of you. 🙏🏻

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