SHADOW FIGURES


digital photography self portraits
by Rick Doble


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-- 66 images --
Computer enhanced images
from candid digital photographs of shadows
self portraits -- an online exhibit of computer graphics
These digital photographs were taken with a
Sony FD73 and Sony CD100 and a Casio QV-770 digital camera

Plus a prose poem with narration.







The Shadows We Live With


Click here to hear this prose poem
read by the author, Rick Doble.


We live with shadows all our lives,
yet we rarely see them.
They are odd, distorted,
disfigured shapes that fold
around the solid world -
a world to themselves.

We know that we change
the memories of our dreams
to be more logical,
more like waking life.
Shadows are the same.

We want to make them clearer,
the outlines more like what we know.

But it is not
like in the movies.
Sometime
when you have a moment
look at your shadows
directly
as you go
from a lighted area
to darkness.

Look at them as they move,
as they remain still,
as they mold themselves
to the tables and rugs and doors
you live with.
Look at them
for what they are.


Click here to hear this prose poem
read by the author, Rick Doble.



 
This is part of an ongoing series of digital imaging essays about the ordinary world.
I will be adding more such exhibits as time permits.

Click here to see my article about
Thoughts about Art in the 21st Century




Please click on a thumbnail to see a larger picture.

Single Figures

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Two Figures

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Three or More Figures

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The Same Image Processed
in Different Ways
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How These Images Were Made

All of these figures were derived from digital photographs of real shadows of people standing on concrete pavement at an amusement center. The shadows were created by two very bright area lights which produced a double and overlapping effect. By processing the entire image in Paint Shop Pro (V.6), I was able to bring out colors, outlines and enhanced detail. Naturally I had to crop a number of these. But I did not use a paint brush, eraser, or add any lines or areas. In other words I worked on the whole image, not parts.
Look at the two images below.
The one on the left is the original photograph;
the one on the right the computer enhanced image.

   



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Digital Visuals

site to see a full listing of my visual work
on the Internet.




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send me an e-mail message at:
for permission. I am very open to working with students,
web sites, zines, ezines, schools and other groups,
so please be sure to ask.

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