Photo of the Day


Strange Light

November 14, 2017

By Libby Peterson

© Yumna Al-Arashi

With her delicate, wonderfully lit and unexpected portraits, photographer Yumna Al-Arashi has been lauded for tackling culturally relevant subject matter—Muslim stereotypes and representations of the female body among them. While she's traveled the gamut to countries near and far, she's not one to turn her nose up at the seemingly mundane. Especially when there's a cool lighting opportunity.

This shot was created a few years ago, in Los Angeles, Al-Arashi says. She called on her "dear muse" James, pictured here, to experiment with photo ops around the city. "We were just finding weird night light and using what was available," she says, "and we found this parking garage with strange lights." Contrasting the graceful pose with the hard lines and defined shadows, this photo is made even more interesting by the triple-figure composition.

(Shot on a Canon 5D.)

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