We are also our shadows
My fascination with shadows started the day I pointed the camera to the world. Providing clues rather than descriptions, sometimes misleading, real yet impermanent and intangible – the shadows clearly enriching the image making it more substantial, more complete. I started looking for the shadows, delighted by their aesthetic, drawn to their psychological impact.
“We are also our shadows” series was born when I stumbled upon a place that embodies the complexity of life in a visually stunning way – the “New Central Bus Station” in the life bursting city of Tel Aviv, Israel. This grandiose building, located in the less glitzy part of the town, never lived up to its expectations, and as a result will be taken down, replaced by apartment buildings. A maze of corridors, spanning seven floors, this building serves as a bus station and street art museum by day, a stage for avant-garde performances in the evenings and at night … no one knows what happens in its dark corners. An amalgamation of buses, food stores, murals, dirt and dead end corridors.
Following a group of actors through this labyrinth, watching a reenactment of Dante’s work amongst the late shopping crowds inspired an artistic exploration into the darker and more complex aspects of life. Recognizing that while we may always be more comfortable in the light, we are also our shadows.
Credit: Photographed mostly during "Seven" performances by "Mystorin Theater"
“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole”