This weeks P52 theme was on shadows. I had some ideas as to how I wanted to capture this, but the sun did not come out for most of the week. Yes, yes, I could have been creative and used a light or even a flashlight (which sadly I do not own), but I wanted the SUN. That isn't too much to ask for is it?
I struggled with trying to connect to the theme this week. Since beginning P52, the themes all tied nicely to thoughtful blog posts, so I really wanted to make a statement with the shadows. I wanted something meaningful to connect with and share with others (you my lovely readers that should totally FOLLOW this blog:). Some initial ideas I had included trying to capture something that dealt with a lingering shadow of darkness or something depicting being caught living in someones shadow. I even thought of making a connection to a previous post and writing about the distortions of shadows and how that relates to ones reality and ones interpretations of reality.
After trying to take photos that related to these ideas, I realized I was WAY over thinking things. The theme was on shadows, so all I needed to do was to simply take pictures of shadows. So after a few days of struggling to make some sort of meaning out of the shadows, I finally smartened up and stopped over thinking things. :) I ended up searching for any shadow I could find and took pictures of them all.
Here are some shadows in no particular order. Enjoy! :)
Shadows of my students...so funny!
I love this photo!
Shadows lined up ready to go wherever the taxis take them.
The shadow the ferry made as we were about to dock.
Looking down from our apartment at everyone hurrying about.
I know it is blurry, but I still like it.
Shadow of the windows on the curtain in our room.
This was the most obvious shadow picture to me....
(All of the photos are SOOC.)
This ended up being a great exercise in being more observant. I find it so easy to get caught up in life and in daily tasks that I simply lose track of all the beauty around me. Trying to find shadows made me look at what I normally might have walked past and ignored. I worked on trying to figure out where I could find the beauty in the mundane and the ordinary.