“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Abraham Lincoln
My Shadow By Robert Louis Stevenson via PoetryFoundation
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.
The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all. Continued Below
What is your memory of the shadow/shadows? In case you are wondering, we now have the weekly photo challenge on Wednesdays instead of Fridays. It works for me this week because, yesterday, we had a major emergency at home that threw my entire day into one chaotic, watery mess. Everything is under control now but, the aftermath is still being handled and for that I am grateful. That said, the topic for this photo challenge took me back to a favorite childhood poem that I always enjoyed reciting: My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson. I have included it in block quotes above and below. The photo challenge and poem brought back playful memories of dancing and goofing off with childhood friends, in the sun and shade, as we tried to create all sorts of shadowy shapes and figures. In the world of psychology, the shadow has a much more powerful role and each of us have our share of archetypes and shadows that encourage or discourage us.
What is a shadow? According to Wikipedia, a shadow is a dark area where light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. It is divided into the umbra, penumbra and antumbra. which determine the point of light cast by the shadow. The sun plays an important part in how shadows are cast and it changes throughout the day. The depth of our created shadow also depends on our location and what else is around us. When the Earth casts a shadow on the moon, it is called a lunar eclipse. On the other hand, when the Moon casts a shadow on the Earth, it is a solar eclipse. Such a fascinating subject with much more to learn.
“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
My Shadow By Robert Louis Stevenson via PoetryFoundation Stanza I & II above
He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!
One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.
What about you and your experiences? I have to admit that I’ve always been fascinated with shadows and how they reflect an image in a different light, and cast a hue over a real image by smoothing out certain portions and creating a distorted, reverse and darker image. Shadows can be fun too for kids; if you ever saw the nutty, British puppet show Punch and Judy in shadowy relief, you’d really come to understand how our shadow reveals portions of ourselves in sane and sinister ways… Hope you enjoyed my images with shadows in them.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Weekly Photo Challenge Post: – SHADOW – This week, hunt for shadows and incorporate them into your shot. The shadow can be the focal point of the image, or simply a detail that adds texture and makes the scene a bit more dynamic. We look forward to your submissions!
Have a relaxing day!
Positive Motivation Tip: Stay true to who you are and embrace your shadow self.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All other Photos from my personal collection.