From my Chiaroscuro collection. (photo by James Wiley)
CHIAROSCURO (Italian for clear-dark)
A term in art for a contrast between light and dark. The term is
usually applied to bold contrasts affecting a whole composition.
I have always been fascinated with the 'black and white' in black and
white photography. This body of work is a result of that fascination.
Influenced by the cinematic 'Film Noir' period of the 40's and 50's
and by the work of photographer Bill Brandt, I have compiled these
images that emphasize drama and mystery. It is much more about
style than subject matter as the goal is always a final print of high
contrast, featuring deep, rich blacks and brilliant whites.