Shadow Play – Black and White Portraits by John Gasca

Last year, we featured a collection of flower pictures by fashion photographer John Gasca. Now, John has produced another great set of pictures called ‘Shadow Play’, which focuses on using shadows in black and white portraits. To shoot the pictures, he used a single 1K constant light called a “Baby-Baby” (made by Mole Richardson) and, for the shadows, created gobos like lace, palm fronds, plant vines, and a thin shawl.

To see more of John’s photography, visit his website, SmugMug or Flickr photostream.

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

John Gasca Shadow Play

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  1. vivian frerichs

    John Gasca is obviously an very talented photographer. His “shadow Play” images are lovely and so well thought out. I really love the work coming from this photographer!

  2. Bill Brewer

    Great shots, John. The hard light gives these a vintage, Hollywood look.

  3. Bruce Birch

    Nice work John! I especially like the closer face shots where the light and shadow are used to great effect to draw out her eyes.

  4. Evelyn Gasca

    Those are beautiful. You are so talented. I’m glad you found something that you really like and are able to share it with others.
    Love you!

  5. Michael Weitzman

    John, you did a wonderful job directing and photographing this lovely model. Her eyes are mesmerizing, and your use of gobos added the right amount of mystery to this series.

  6. Jason Hong

    John

    Great work! the 2nd photo caught my eye with the dark thick lines. Then in the progressive photos you kind of drew out the animalistic fervor in the model (to me at least).

    I love the pattern photos too! Almost looks like tattoos on the model.

    Very creative, artistic and fun at the same time.

    Keep it up!

  7. Aashika Kansara

    great shots John… Keep it up…

  8. Emily Soto

    Nice work John!

  9. Ian Pack

    Great images John. I just wish more photographers took the time to explore the infinite possibilities of good lighting. I’m bored with flat, featureless lighting, these images are a breath of fresh air:)

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