|That's me and my shadow with one of my transparent quilts.|
I love to take photographs that feature shadows
because of the element of mystery.
Shadows reveal a lot ...
and they go hand-in-hand with light,
which I love more than almost anything else.
Here are a few of my favorites from the past few months.
My watery self-portrait, taken while leaning
on dock railing in Victoria, B.C.
I wanted to photograph strangers
in the Starbucks in downtown Victoria,
but I didn't want to intrude
or violate their privacy.
I solved the problem by
photographing their reflected shadows.
The shadow-story here reveals
the mullions in a window
through which the quilt
-- titled "Light" --
The shadows above let us know
that this quilt is transparent.
(I made it with silk organza
that I painted with Setacolor fabric paint.)
I call these my silk clouds.
After I painted the crisp, sheer silk organza,
I crumpled it and let it dry, sealing in the folds.
I photographed it outside
when the sun was almost overhead.
Only the shadow is seen below.
Another silk quilt, above.
I guess this doesn't really show shadows,
but the light coming from behind reveals
layers of fabric and thread tails.
Julia and her shadow back in Illinois.