As we begin the 2018 my thoughts are reflecting on what I really enjoy about photography. How I got hooked in the first place. One of the first aspects of photography that pulled me in were the B&W films and how they can emphasize both shadow and shape. So this first challenge of the new year will be Shadow & Shapes. That doesn't mean that entries need to be B&W. Freely interpret the theme. For those of you in the Single in January challenge, maybe use this theme for one of your images. For this period cross posting to this thread is allowed. The Challenge will run for two weeks from today the first of January 2018 until Jan. 14, 2018. All the usual Challenge RULES will apply, including: 1. Either take pictures that match the nominated theme or select some from your portfolio. You must be the photographer that created the images in order to enter it. 2. Only one entry per salon, please. If you want to withdraw an entry and replace it with another, that is OK, but you must make it clear in the post containing your replacement pictures that this is what you've done. You can add or change the title and add to the edit line to let everyone know. 3. The decision of the curator at the end of the challenge is final - don't give him/her a hard time about it: this is just a friendly photo-challenge, after all! 4. The winner will assume the responsibility of curator for the next Challenge, and as soon as possible post a message in a new thread in the SC Photo Challenges forum, with details of the new theme. Don't forget - that opening message must include a copy of these instructions, which also double as the rules. 5. The curator cannot enter his or her own salon Looking forward to a seeing lots of particpation.