Yesterday, after sitting for a while, we got up and strolled around. I was so glad I had brought my camera, because I immediately noticed how clear and expressive the shadows were. Even the brightness of this sunny day was no match for solid objects. As we walked, I snapped pictures of some of the interesting shapes I saw around the park. My bike, my orange bag, my son, myself, someone else's bike. All this and more paraded in front of my lens. I love the way the ground brings texture to the flatness of the shadows. It even gives a grainy feel like pictures from an old 35mm film strip. My favorite part of this was changing from a global perspective of the things around me to a more focused view of the shapes of the things creating the shadows. It was a fun exercise in mindfulness (or half-mindfulness since part of my brain was trying to keep track of my toddler). It definitely convinced me that I need to bring my camera with me more often so that I can bring the same presence and creativity to other moments in my life.
What about you? What shadows have inspired you this week? Link to your images in the comments for all to see.