con·trast – The state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in juxtaposition or close association.
Today, we live in a world of contrasts. Rich and poor, old and modern, dirty and clean, but the original contrast was always light and dark. Before anything else there was dark until light strayed into it, creating the first contrast. Pushing it into existance along the lines between them.
I love this photo, which I took in one of my recent photo shoots. A few lit candles in the foreground and a rich velvet curtain in the background. I was first disappointed to lose background detail, but actually this only aids the deep contrast in the photo.
Without contrast, we would be lost in a world of neutral tones and bleak shades. A bland combination of grey and cream which is usually only found in fashionable flats, but instead we are given the extremes, the dramatic and the vivid. Exciting and colourful, and never dull.