i have this thing with …shadows

shadows of clematis

in the blogging world, shadows seem to be a thing to avoid. god forbid you have shadows in your flat lays or anything like that. i will admit i avoid anything too shadowy on my Instagram, on my blog and in real life i relish them and seek them out. it fills my brain with a sense of satisfaction and happiness i can’t really put into words.

Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories – Elie Wiesel

i think part of the reason i have such an adoration for shadows, especially deep, bold ones is that they have a really graphic feel about them and that speaks to my creative side in a very bewitching manner. if you add nature to this shadowy equation my heart is fully captured and you can bet i’ll be snapping away.

shadows only exist because of light, and light can dance and mingle and delight in so many ways. they can create shapes in endless permutations and inspire works of art. they create drama and intrigue.

by the way, i thought i’d create a series of posts where i share small and big obsessions and passions. from my illustrations to my photography, to things that capture my imagination. after all, that’s why i love blogging – for sharing what i love.

how do you feel about shadows? do they mean anything to you or do you avoid them at all costs?

open sign hanging on barber shop door

tree shadow on grass

statues at somerset house

leafy shadow

tree shadow

“Where there is light, there must be shadow, where there is shadow there must be light. There is no shadow without light and no light without shadow….” ― Haruki Murakami

cinemagraph of reflection

floral framed painting on red wall

plant and fence reflection on wallshadowy pebbles at penarth

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  • Reply Asti 28/05/2017 at 14:20

    I absolutely love shadows! I think there’s so much magic within them. Whether it’s creating shadow puppets as kids or looking at your shadow as if it could be another version of yourself, I feel like they only do great things for the imagination. And the drama! They add such drama to life and make for beautiful photos, as you’ve proven above! I think my only struggles with shadows are as an aspiring illustrator. I’m still getting used to paying attention to them and figuring out how they work so at times can find them a bit frustrating, but really, that’s my fault and not the shadow’s. ;)

    Asti ||

  • Reply Matthew Pike 04/11/2017 at 16:18

    I love the inclusion of the moving shadows.

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