Neither light nor darkness can exist without the other. In darkness, one can appreciate the ray of light, and light creates the mystery of darkness. To fully appreciate light, one has to accept the importance of darkness, and contrast is a significant tool to expand the interrelationship of light and darkness. Paintings by Caravaggio and Rembrandt are the inspiration for my thesis. The techniques of chiaroscuro from these two masters engaged the composition of light-‐dark into storytelling, and to produce a dramatic visual experience on a flat canvas. My thesis will explore the expansion of chiaroscuro techniques into lighting design strategies by using darkness and contrast to compose space.
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