The Shadow

Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki, puts forward the idea that ‘beauty is found not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides’. The idea that beauty is found in the pattern of the shadows is what encapsulates my current work
practice. The shadow has become an increasingly independent element in my work and my interest lies in capturing the ‘shadow as the subject’ rather than the original source object. As well as exploring this shadow, I am interested in the ways in which colours, layering, overlapping and transparency, alter and give shape to the representation of shadows.

In 2013 I commissioned two independent florists to make a floral arrangement in a traditional Japanese Ikebana style. Once these arrangements were lit I then photographed the interesting shadows that were cast from these arrangements onto the walls and ceilings. The resulting
photographs are ambiguous, abstract landscapes that hint at recognizable shapes of flora and foliage – is indeterminate and possess a dreamlike quality. The use of color, translucency and transparency contribute to the  sense of mystery, evocation and poetic drama.

In exploring different ways of representation these photographs are printed on a variety of reflective materials, for example, Direct print onto
Aluminum, Lightjet digital photographic print onto metallic paper, Lightjet digital photographic print onto FujiClear and then mounted onto mirror or face mounted onto Perspex box frames.