I've been working on various projects involving cast shadows over the past few years. Some of them have made their way into my paintings. Others have made it into my photo portfolio. These projects allow me to step beyond my comfort zone and look at making imagery in a new way.
What I like about photographing (or painting) the shadow cast by an object is that the shadow is very graphical, almost like a drawing. There's not a lot of colour; texture, line and value are key. It's also a process of discovery, a little like the drawing exercise where you pencil in the shapes between things and eventually the objects appear.
For me this process of discovery also provides insight into the object, perhaps a more spiritual representation of the object than can traditionally be created with a more representational image.
Thought for the day
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." Aristotle
Eric David is a visual artist / fine art photographer that lives and works in Toronto.