Shadows of Doubt

Reflected sunlight off of skyscraper glass can create interesting light wells and shadows, but they are very ephemeral. If you only have a smartphone, you capture it the best you can. (No one carries their SLR at all times). The iPhone camera is convenient, but it is terrible in many ways--especially with metering.

This image is terribly blown out to the point of being unusable. But this doesn't mean that you can't make some kind of art out of it and create a mood salvaged from the pixels, and in a sense, I "fixed" the blowout in the highlights by inverting or burning them--both post-capture photographic techniques.

I finished watching the Chernobyl series last night. It's morally didactic on the deleterious effect of lies and deceit on public safety.

Creating images of any kind can also be didactic.

Some of my axioms with the word "shadow":

1003. Myths will prevail because ultimately the shadows of doubt are still shadows of something.

0948. Metaphors are lights that cast shadows that either matches the outline of an object or are completely different. In the latter there is no 'illumination.' But perhaps if you reverse the metaphor (where the shadow and objects change places), it may reveal something interesting.

0789. Shadows are usually counter-intuitive, and relegated to a mere background element. But when pushed to the foreground, they are the quintessential abstraction.

0644(06). The shape of a shadow can be didactic: it is usually in a form that is counterintuitive to the object. Shadows are essentially subjective to the nature of the light source.

0389. Metaphors are artificial meanings placed on real situations to illuminate them. But once you take away the illumination, sometimes you still can't see them or the shadows are in the wrong places.

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