Light & Dark

Essay 383 • Apr 8th 2019

Photography is light. The term comes from the Greek words for “light" and “drawing". But I’d argue that equally important to light is its opposite, dark. Without darkness, there would be no concept of light— nothing to which you could set light apart. Personally, I am someone who spends a lot of time focusing on the darkness. Though some might call that unhealthy, in my opinion it makes it that much more beautiful when I happen to encounter light. 


Nick Fancher is a photographer, author, and educator who specializes in dramatic lighting, often employing the use of bold colors and experimental camera techniques. His work ranges from portrait and commercial photography to fine art. He is particularly known for his efficient method of working, which is with the use of minimal gear, often in unconventional locations.
Nick graduated from the Ohio State University with a BFA in photography in 2005. He has authored several books on his techniques, including Studio Anywhere and Chroma. His lighting workshops have taken him across the U.S. and around the world. He is an ambassador for Cactus flashes.

Model: Chyna Tené