“Photography, just like a painter’s canvas, is a two-dimensional medium and the use of chiaroscuro helps create the illusion of depth, or a third dimension. Chiaroscuro is an important compositional element in photography especially if you want to create a photograph vs. a picture.”¹ Americano Dream Photography, Rolando Gomez.
Light and dark—two important contrasts that coexist everywhere in the universe. In literature, from metaphors to tropes; in art from Dutch painter Rembrandt and Italian Caravaggio to photography with low-key lighting; in biblical references too, we’re witness to the perpetual juxtaposed turmoil between Good vs. Evil.
Vru Tesla is a young, self-taught, and very talented photographer from Spain. He intricately captures the contrast between light and dark in his black and white photography, effortlessly. Here he shares with us some of his most breathtaking photos. Enjoy! And don’t forget to follow him on both Twitter and Instagram too.
“In art, the use of chiaroscuro is to create contrasts between lights and darks, shadows and highlights.”² Americano Dream Photography, Rolando Gomez.
All images belong to Vru Tesla and are reposted with his permission. To use, please contact Vru Tesla to buy and/or license his images.
Citations and references:
“200 Years Carl Zeiss (1816 – 1888) – A Visionary Entrepreneur.” YouTube, ZEISS Group, 21 July 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=1derlRnz2s4. Stanley Kubrick; Photography; Lenses; NASA.
“25 Common Photography Terms Beginners Need to Know.” CreativeLive Blog, Justin Katz, 4 Oct. 2018, www.creativelive.com/blog/common-photography-terms/.
“6 Portrait Lighting Patterns Every Photographer Should Know.” Digital Photography School, Darlene Hildebrandt, 23 Dec. 2014, digital-photography-school.com/6-portrait-lighting-patterns-every-photographer-should-know/. 4 most common lighting patterns and 2 lighting styles.
 “Chiaroscuro in Photography.” Americano Dream Photography, Rolando Gomez, 21 Dec. 2016, americanodream.com/quiz/chiaroscuro-in-photography/. 2 quotation-explanations.
“Chiaroscuro Self Portrait: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace.” YouTube, Adorama, 3 Apr. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLMUnDx-tIQ. How to; Black and White Photography.
“How Kubrick Achieved the Beautiful Cinematography of Barry Lyndon.” YouTube, Tyler Knudsen, 28 July 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOLZMr52Wcc. CinemaTyler; Chiaroscuro; Cinematography; Black and White Photography.
“Kubrick’s Lenses – A Complete Guide to the Lenses Used by Stanley Kubrick.” YouTube, Miguel Reyes, 6 Nov. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb7Meqaz7Aw. Chiaroscuro; Black and White Photography; Cinematography; NASA.
Tate. “Chiaroscuro – Art Term.” Tate, Tate, www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/c/chiaroscuro. Black and White Photography; Painting; Fine Art; Rembrandt Style.