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

Image by © PTP-2021 All Rights Reserved

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

  30 comments for “Shades and shadows

  1. June 13, 2021 at 3:10 pm


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    • June 13, 2021 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you my friend.
      Alway a pleasure to do a conversation with you

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      • June 13, 2021 at 3:34 pm

        How is life my friend?

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        • June 13, 2021 at 3:41 pm

          Great my friend….in sense just sitting at home and enjoying the lockdown.
          Putting on weight.
          What to do?
          Of course there is WP and good friends like you helping me out spend my time.
          How you are my friend?
          How life treating you my friend?

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          • June 13, 2021 at 3:54 pm

            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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  2. June 13, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    A very important difference ♥

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  3. Amy
    June 13, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    A very beautiful post, both words and photos. Love the last image, great light and shadows.

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  4. June 13, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks for explaining the difference between shadow and shade. I really enjoyed that second/last photo as well as the quotes.


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  5. June 14, 2021 at 2:55 am

    Well done Philo, you’ve explained it perfectly!

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  6. June 14, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Well done, Philo! And the last quote is so true.

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  7. June 14, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    A good choice of images to illustrate the differences Philo.

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  8. June 16, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Good explanation. Well done.

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  9. June 18, 2021 at 10:39 am

    really cool how you defined the words and let it flow with your photos to make for a nice post 🙂

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  10. July 10, 2021 at 11:54 am

    The second one is really wonderful 🙂

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  11. July 12, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog! I hope you post on this week’s Black and White challenge.

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