I never really thought I would do a project on shadows if I'm honest. The dark areas of surfaces that are cast everyday, which we never seem to pay any attention to. I'm not going to lie, when I first came up with the idea I almost brushed it to one side to think up something else. But I'm glad I didn't. Looking into the shadow art through research I found some very interesting ideas and concepts, which produce amazing results. It is an area of art and photography I know now that I am going to pursue personally in my own time [thank you Michael Neff].
There has been a struggle with working out the artistic ideals behind this project but I can rest at ease with the idea of the project being like a time machine to let viewers see shadows and its dark form cast across seemingly common environments captured at various times of the day. It shows the area in a different light [literally] and questions the viewer to see if they feel any different seeing an environment exposed to different light compositions. As if black and white films taught us anything it is that light and shadows can have a huge impact on the viewer's resultant understanding of the scene and emotions hereby felt.
It creates an odd feeling looking at a spot on a overcast day when no shadows are cast and then looking at your phones screen to see what it would look like with a shadow casting from it. Almost a spooky demonic like feeling is created due to the association of shadows and darkness to evil. To anyone it could look like I am trying to show a dark side to the space. And maybe I am, but overall I am trying to make the viewer approach/feel differently about the chosen environment whilst they are there with a totally different experience of the space. All in all, a unique experience.
This project gives more of a taster to what I would like to achieve with the overall ideas. But I feel it conveys the thinking behind it all very well. If I were to go all out on this project I would have more hours worth of images and more locations. I had to limit it to 4 spots and a few hours each as it is a very time consuming task and in a public place standing around with camera equipment for 4 hours isn't always liked by councils and members of the public. Especially if they have no idea what I am doing.
Overall the only set back was the fact that during the project shotcode.org was down [403 error if I remember rightly] so I went to one of the alternatives 'ScanLife' which worked just as well but isn't as well known in the arts and media scene as 'Shotcodes'