Shadows are cast to emphasize presence. Shadows are the darkness in the absence of light. Shadows can lengthen and shorten depending on the source of light. Subjects, objects and circumstance can cast ‘shadows’ upon one another.
This is a portraiture series where the key lies in deciphering the subject’s relationship with the shadow cast. Is the shadow theirs or someone else’s? Does it symbolize power or aspiration? Perhaps self reflection, envy, oppression, desire, self-worth etc
The subjects are painted from behind, providing less information as well as making the subjects less confrontational. This is meant to create a sense that the subject has been caught in dialogue with shadows.