Saffron Harrison Abbas – 21343318
Graphic Design (Visual communication and illustration)
Ideas, Development & Context- AD40128E
Word count- 288 (Overall word count for final four blog posts- 1,115)
These were the collection of photos I took for the brief ‘Looking at looking’. The topic of reflexivity is fairly complex so I decided to use shadows and play with light and angles. I liked that with shadows you can take a photo of someone or something without actually taking a photo of the real thing. Shadows are merely representation of something. I took these photographs as I was walking around London until I saw an interesting shadow of someone. Most of them are shadows of people doing mundane normal things such as waiting for the bus, waiting to cross the road or queuing up. However it is interesting to try and guess from the shadow who that person could be and what are they doing.
I did a little research into shadows and light and the definition of a shadow is a dark figure or image cast on the ground or some surface by a body/opaque object intercepting light. As a symbol, myth and metaphor shadows can be used to represent different things (not just the physical object or being it is shadowing). For example The Shadow is expressed as the doppelganger in folklore, or “double walker”. In Psychology, The Shadow represents our alter ego. I liked the idea that when the light is shining at just the right angle it is as if we have another figure of ourselves constantly following us. In my images I took photos at different angles however for most of them I didn’t need to because spending on where the person was standing the shadows came at odd angles and often distorted the figures slightly.