Initital situation : One camera, one tripod in a fixed single position facing one empty wall. I am taking photographs and videos from this wall. Photos and videos are not manipulated, they are pure photography. To me they are immaterial “ready-made-layers” generated by urban dynamics, resulting in painterly seeming images.
Through a wall-surface a building declares both its autonomy and participation in urban space. Still photographs and a video in a mutual dialog reveal a range of delicate colourful, chromatic shadows of anonymous people projected by the lights of passing cars, bus and tram. Fragments of real people`s life transform by their shadows into abstract fictive narratives. Silhouettes flare up in layers, back and forward on this one empty wall in Porto. So, what is a shadow ? And, why do shadows enchant us ? Shadows are attached to all things. All that is required to view a shadow is a little bit of light. It reminds us, that we exist within the realm of duality : The first is our physical, visible person, blended into our everyday life, which consists of all characteristics, experiences, memories and ideals which we have. The second is our invisible, shadow person with all its unused aspects and dreams, or potentials of our personal evolution.
Therefore, our shadow is our dark, hidden, and unmanifested alter ego. In it resides all of our essence, options and choices of that person, which we have become, which we have either not yet become or are afraid to become.
Video installation and Photographs printed on Hahnemühle Cotton paper