(In art or photography) bright light, usually beamed obliquely, used to reveal such features as texture and detail.
- 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.
- The raking light emphasizes the uneven terrain of their bodies, covered with a seemingly infinite number of very fine wrinkles.
- The figure is seen in raking light against an impenetrable blackness.
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