The word Chiaroscuro refers to the use of bold contrast between light and shadow to achieve a sense of volume.
Chiaroscuro is a film that explores the polarities of light and dark: day and night; waking life and the dream. Set in the Spanish desert of Badernas Reales we see stark monochrome scenes juxtaposed to vivid landscapes as our subject hauls a boulder on an epic journey through the dust. This rock; A metaphor for our emotional attachment.
'Man and His Shadow' contains a reference to Plato's Allegory of the Cave. Visualised in the film through the use of monochrome and colour images. Representing the illusory nature of mans perception, and the true nature of reality that is hidden from him. The blurry recollections of a dream and the crisp experiences of life.
'Rocks bones and shells are pieces of sculpture that memorialise the essential patterns of flowing water’ Laozi, 550BC
This quote illustrates the temporary nature of the landscape. Each year the rain creates fresh erosion patterns in the dust.