We recently visited the historic river town of Madison, Indiana, and as a friend advises: "When you are on vacation, eat ice cream." So, instead of supper, we went looking for ice cream. I pulled into the parking lot across the street from one of the ice cream parlors on Main Street., and saw this scene right in front of me. The green brick wall with the two windows is completed by the shadow of the lamp post I could say that I worked this scene and took dozens of photos, but the truth is I made just this one image.
Would I have been drawn to the windows without the shadow of the lamp? I don't know, but I doubt that I would have the same urgency to photograph the scene. Sometimes, just one element completes the scene, finishes it in an entirely different way. A different feeling is conveyed with the shadow.
Madison is one of the most picturesque places, with an abundance of photographic oppportunities. It is a fun town to roam with a camera.