Header photo: Devils Eyes by freelance model Nymphae

Chiaroscuro is a technique used to represent intense light and shadow.

The term 'chiaroscuro' is Italian for contrast in light (chiar) and dark (oscuro), sometimes referred to as 'clair obscur' or 'extreme low key'.

With its origins in the Renaissance period, chiaroscuro has expanded into the photography industry, allowing photographers to create atmosphere and add depth to photos.

The images below were created by the talented PurplePort community and are sure to inspire you to experiment with chiaroscuro in your photoshoots. 

If you enjoy this collection, browse through our other photo collections on The Purple Blog for more inspiring images to explore. 

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Hunger by photographer SWR Digital


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watching..... by model PaigeAntonia


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Image by photographer Three Before Eight


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Ivana by photographer Dave McDermott


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"We must bring our own light to the darkness" by photographer John Askey


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Pip Ahoy by photographer ShaunB


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Pensive portrait by photographer Mike Lancaster


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Imagination by model DannyBoy1


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Image by photographer fiSh


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Dark Side...? by model DannyBoy1


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focus by photographer franky.fine.art


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After the rain... by photographer PAULSHOOTSPORTRAITS


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My Soldier Boy by photographer Dicky Gee aka Solveman Creative


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Image by photographer Russ Freeman


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Chiaroscuro Portrait by photographer Gothic Image


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Image by photographer Gemmiev


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Poseidon by photographer BergMan


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Stark by photographer Development


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Smokin' by photographer FIPArt & Media


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#Exposure... (Fotostrobe Exclusive “For The Game” Mono Edit) by model DannyBoy1


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Come back 1986 all is forgiven by photographer Secret Boudoir


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Glancing light by photographer ArtRowe


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Bada Boom by model Everly Rose


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A Slice Of Light. by photographer Chris Baugh Photography


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Deathstroke / Salde Wilson by photographer Luminite Dave


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Eye Shadow by photographer EDPhoto


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Touch by photographer Sean Munro Photography


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Curtis Hadley by photographer Robert Mann MA


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PoppySeed Dancer by photographer Robert Mann MA


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Five To One by photographer Matt Horton


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Image by model Loreley


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Debbie by photographer Dave McDermott


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placed within space by photographer Tim Bosworth


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Sunset Silhouette by photographer Alexander Ivanov Photography


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Image by photographer Russ Williams


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Em by photographer Sean Munro Photography


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Waiting by photographer Jasons Photos


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A view from above by photographer Martin Newton Photography


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Image by photographer Chris Baugh Photography


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Bather by photographer art65


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Cymbalism by photographer Dag Nammett


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Image by photographer Yen Xeno


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fixation 002 by photographer harbuzenger


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Lightshow by photographer gregorybrown


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Reiinicorn - New edit 02 by photographer Starglider Photography


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Image by photographer Lucastorixi


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Image by photographer Lucastorixi


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Intensity by photographer Tony Browne


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Isobela Lugosi - April 07 by photographer Starglider Photography


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Waiting by model Retro Rob


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Image by photographer Owen Lloyd


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It’s on her lips by photographer iamsuko


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Darker Days by photographer Mike Oxley


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Long walls by photographer podvodoy


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Paint it Black by photographer Darryl J Dennis


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A Shy Couples Bump Shoot by photographer Ace


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Scary Movie by model PaigeAntonia


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Escape from the light by photographer LuceD


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Devils Eyes by model Nymphae


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Silhouette this! by photographer Dan Tidswell


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Into the Light by model Anna B1989


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fixation 001 by photographer harbuzenger


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I hate this place, this zoo, this prison, this reality, whatever you want to call it. I can't stand it any longer. by photographer B17fan


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From Shadows Comes Beauty by photographer ClickMore 📷


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"Control"........ by photographer trebor images


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Curve by photographer art65


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Just stop by photographer andrew james 71


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Summer is finally here by photographer andrew james 71


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Low Key Art Nude by photographer Tarmoo


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Image by model Princess Bee


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Image by model Wolfie Silvesco


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Image by photographer Ian Oliver


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Mowgli all grown up by model Jim Vincible


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Bittersweet Me by photographer Darryl J Dennis


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Dancing in flour by photographer Shades and Light


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A Familiar Face by photographer art65


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A Dame To Die For by photographer Nigel Boulton


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