just a ride
C∀M∃R∀ 0bSCUR∀ is an ongoing street photography project motivated by a desire to explore fresh and intriguing perspectives on the world. Shadows are often used for dramatic effect in black and white street photography. However, they are usually contingent on the depiction of the subject that casts them and are of incidental, purely aesthetic significance. By making the shadow itself our principle focus, we can glimpse a surreal and curious realm, often overlooked, that resides within the commonplace and everyday.
A shadow is at once real but intangible, familiar and magical, clear in form yet obscure in meaning. It is an accurate reflection of the figure it clings to, but like a dream filtered through the prism of the mind, is transformed through the angles of light and surface, and the photographer’s lens, which imparts his own meaning into the darkness between the lines. Just as painters in a bygone age sat in small dark rooms tracing images of what stood outside a tiny window, in the bright sunlight. The image is precise, but not exact. Everything is reversed or upside down. But, perhaps this is all we ever see of anyone: shadows, projections, our associations.
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