One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in art or photography) bright light, usually beamed obliquely, used to reveal such things as texture and detail.
- ‘These involuntary sculptures were photographed on glass and subjected to a raking light so that they seem to hover just above the ground, casting a shadow.’
- ‘The figure is seen in raking light against an impenetrable blackness.’
- ‘The resulting his paintings is a harsh, raking light that strikes across the composition, illuminating parts of it while plunging the rest into deep shadow.’
- ‘Sculpted by the raking light, the bathers are russet and gold in the sun, vibrant in blue and red two-piece swimsuits, trunks, a maillot, absorbed in the folding of towels and blankets.’
- ‘The raking light emphasizes the uneven terrain of their bodies, covered with a seemingly infinite number of very fine wrinkles.’
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