Shadow play and identity

My afternoon walk yesterday was, as always, beautiful … and packed with invitations to stray and play. Shadows force questions like Who am I? What is this? and Where do I belong?

Perspective: mini-brain me

photo of woman with long legs and tiny head

Would you settle for this identity: all legs, tiny head?

No secrets: you can see right through me

Photo of woman's shadow with elbows raised. Hilly suburb and sea in the background

Goddess or peg doll?

Yeah, I’m a prickly troll

photo of person with troll hair on dead gorse

Don’t take a stroll with an old gorse troll

Scarier and scarier, a shadow looming

Photo of a head and hand apparently looming out of a bank

That’s no bank. That’s me in my doll-troll hair-do. Run!

The troll shows her face and it’s not pretty

Shadow against clay of an ugly monster

Here comes a troll and she’s not a doll troll

Correction: not ugly, just pointy

Shadow of playful pointing woman on a clay bank

Don’t be scared: that was only a human woman being silly in the sun

Your comments on shadow play and identity are eagerly awaited. By me, whoever and whatever I am.

18 thoughts on “Shadow play and identity

  1. Sadje says:

    Vary interesting experiment.

    1. Just for fun, Sadie! Try it: there’s a challenge.

      1. Sadje says:

        Okay Rachel, I will.

  2. Nyla Carroll says:

    Evokes childhood memories.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

    1. True. Except for the phone in one hand.

  3. Nyla Carroll says:

    Evokes childhood memories ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

  4. Dan Antion says:

    This was a fun read.

    1. It was a fun walk.

  5. I love it! Fun in the sun. Fight the bright. Daylight sprite. Let the child within become the wild with out. Sun and shade = fun in spades. Celebrate the strange. Donโ€™t change.

  6. What a fun, and very clever, thing to do. I’m now hiding behind the settee!

    1. You’re scaring me!

      1. I’m hiding because YOU scared me!

      2. Oh good. So you should.

  7. Margaret says:

    How fascinating Rachel

    1. And yet so simple ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Margaret says:

        Yes Rachel ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. A brilliant idea – funny and very creative in a way that subverts the conventional view of photographs as vehicles for public image promotion! Radical ideas required currently, methinks …

    1. I was tempted to use the troll as a pr photo for a poster when asked for one yesterday. Next time!

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