Monday, April 7, 2014

My Shadow Self[ie]

It's been like summer here in Fuengirola. I've been trying to spend as much time outside as I can. This afternoon, I managed to get in an hour on the beach — walking, lying in the sand, splashing in the water, and discovering more sea glass.

Never big on "selfies," I took one to send to the Dowager Duchess (which I immediately emailed from the beach). But then I spotted my shadow in the surf and I got a better idea. An idea that could easily become an obsession.

There was an American writer named Djuna Barnes, active in the 1920s and 1930s, who said: "A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow."

(Click any image to cast a giant shadow.)












I know it's only a shadow.
But it's all mine!

22 comments:

  1. Wow, it,s an unusual selfie and interesting one .

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  2. The Shadow Selfie seems much more animated than the Typical Selfie!

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    1. Bob:
      Absolutely. Who cares about best side, open eyes, good lighting?!?

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  3. Oh how COOOOOOOL!
    (p.s. After the link yesterday that took us to more stories about art glass, I waded through quite a few of your 2011 posts about life PRE España. Fun for me! It was interesting to see you talking about your plans, as if I were observing from the future [which I guess that I sort of was]. I had quite a good time reading:) )

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    1. Judy:
      Glad you're getting to read these. I've been going back through them lately. Hard to believe all we've done recently, and the amount of times we changed our minds!

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  4. Mitchell, I think you may be on to something here! Imagine the possibilities and how forgiving our shadows are.
    Great shots. #'s 5 and 6 are good gestures.....5 looks like J.L. Sullivan pose (the boxer) and 6 looks like, well, you know.
    I know, you could have a 'guess who' weekly pose. How nice of me to suggest this!! lol
    You will be pleased to hear that the temperature today got up to +16C.....thank you very much.

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    1. Jim:
      I'm going to play some more with losing my inhibitions on the beach and really expressing my shadow-self. Temps here have been around 30C, but 16C for you is wonderful!

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  5. I learned how to make shadow figures as a kid... never was good at it... but shadows and silhouettes are so interesting... I can look 7' tall if I want to.

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    1. Sharon:
      All I can remember how to do is the barking dog shadow puppet... oh, and the turkey!

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  6. Love the shadow shots. I haven't heard of the writer you quoted but I do like that quote.

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    1. Stephen:
      Djuna Barnes was ahead of he time and, apparently, she's growing in popularity again all these years later.

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  7. Does my shadow look fat in this?

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  8. I can hear Madonna singing 'strike a pose' in the background...

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    1. Jacquelineand...
      I actually had that playing in my head when I was taking the pictures. But, I'm not much of a Madonna-the-person fan, so went with Peter Pan instead.

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  9. I hate looking at my shadow. I look FAT. Every stinking time. Your shadow is quite lovely, though....

    Once, I actually got miffed at Bing because her shadow was so much sveltier than mine.....

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    1. Maria:
      I look big-hipped and heavy legged. I'm not. Shadows lie.

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  10. I can see how this could become an obsession! The interplay of shadow and sand and waves is fascinating...

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    1. Kristi:
      I really am looking forward to experimenting.

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  11. Hey, those shadow selfies are really cool! So creative on the water!

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    1. Knatolee:
      Thanks. Really fun. I want to try them at different times of day... and with more attitude.

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