Shadowplay: A new 52-week project begins

September 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I still remember our house on Division Road in Southern Indiana.

As I'd slink into bed every evening, my attention would immediate focus on the light fixture over my bed.

The fixture itself was nothing out of the norm - a perfect circle with an opaque glass covering snug to the ceiling. 

But once the house lights went out for bedtime and the hall light just outside my door came on, the magic happened. My boring 1970s light, turned into something magical - a spaceship.

I remember countless nights staring at that shadow playfully stretching across my bedroom ceiling. Often, I'd create adventures about it until I nodded off to sleep.

The next morning, my rocket would be gone, launching itself into the night and leaving my boring white light fixture once again.

I've always been fascinated by the transformative powers of shadows - they can turn a short person tall, a friendly face sinister, and a light fixture into a rocket.

I'd been thinking about another 52-week photo project and though this wasn't the first thing that popped into my mind, it kept lingering there.

Photographers are constantly drilled about "finding the light."

Why not try the opposite?

This project, which I'll blog about weekly, is all about shadows. Post-processing on this project will be minimal. It's all about seeing things in a different way.

Here we go!

 

Week #1 - Music

I was outside picking up, and the grill rack was unexplicably on the ground. As I picked it up, I noticed its shadow looked a little like a musical staff.

The wheels started to turn. What could I do to tweak the shadow and turn it into something even more recognizable?

I tore some slender leaves from a bush next to the grill, added some felt furniture pads for my musical notes and laid my "art" in the path of the sun. (below)

The final product is at the top of the post - "Music in the Hevron Driveway "- #bliss.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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