This post is the second in a weekly series called Creative Triggers. Click here for the first one.
I have an inexplicable fascination with shadows - shadows on the wall, shadows on the furniture, shadows on the floor... I love how they paint a pattern out of nothing, how they sometimes dance and how they can transform themselves from one moment to another.
Capturing the elusive state of a shadow at a specific point in time with my trusty point & shoot can bring me great satisfaction. Sometimes I lose myself in a Saturday morning household walkabout with my camera, seeking visual interest by following the sun's rays as they grace surfaces with patterns of all kinds.
This creative trigger is twofold:
1) shadows and patterns themselves are fodder for abstract painting
2) photographing shadows exercises my imagination, like cloud gazing
Plus sometimes shadows are just plain fun.
Do you play with shadows? If so I'd love to hear about how or why they inspire you in the comments - or even better, leave a link to your own favourite shadow photos.