University of Sussex: BA Media Practice
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Shadow

Shadow

Michelle Ho C S

“The brain is such a good beauty detector, in fact, that it can judge the appeal of a face before you’re aware you’ve even seen one” (Wargo, 2011). As a photographer, I aim to find out notions about perfection of the self when people think that they look nice. Through taking photos of people’s shadow on the white wall, I will find out the difference between how people perceive their selves and how they really are.

The idea for the project comes from Kara Walker’s work ‘A shadow drama in 5 acts’. Silhouettes are elements of shadow that she uses in her work. As I was inspired by shadow puppetry, the silhouette became the key figure inside the photo. The silhouette is characterised as “the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible in restricted light against a brighter background.” But in this photo I do it the opposite way. As a media student, my work involves analysing different pieces of research on shadows and taking some test shots in different angles on different people. I have chosen this photo to publish.