(Guest post today is by California based photographer and lover of Philosophy, Micahel Dees.I don’t want to spoil this further with my words, go ahead and enjoy his words and images! All the photographs and words by Michael Dees.)
I was recently introduced to a quite ugly, but most necessary, phrase: “You gotta kill your babies.” After having been summarily spanked through my recent workshop with Eric, I realized that have a lot of murder to commit. In editing my images, I happened to come across a few recurring themes. Namely, use of doors, windows, shadows, and even feet. Paging Doctor Freud, right?! Surely, loving the pursuit of writing with light, these are bound to show up once in a while, how could they not? They are elements of our world and we use ‘em a lot, especially feet! Shadows in particular, appear quite a bit in my images and I’ve wondered why. If I were to recline on a couch and have a shrink draw out my earliest memories would they find untold treasures or horrors pertaining to this absence of light? Probably not. I tend to think that they show up so much, not only because of their obvious positives for capturing dramatic light, but also because of their cultural and narratival associations. Here, I’d like to focus on shadows.