“A thimbleful of red is redder than a bucketful.”

–Henri Matisse



The term gobo is often reserved for lens filters and patterns that are affixed to theater lights. In my work, I place objects between the light and the subject to shape and create color. These objects are not attached to the light, so flag and cucoloris (often referred to as a cookie) are more accurate terms for them; for the sake of simplicity, however, I’ll use the term “gobo” to encompass all such modifiers. It could be something purchased from a camera shop or a found object, such as a tree branch or chain-link fence—as long as it modifies the light. You can even use a colored gel as a gobo.


As I covered in the previous chapter, when using ...

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