Our never-ending interest in shadows inspired us to create this collection of photos and video materials. We started our journey by exploring light, and its effects on improvised movement. Then we decided to develop our experiments on shadows, as that seemed to be the theme which really caught our attention. We started by individual explorations of shadows, continuously influencing and inspiring each other with our creations. We first started blogging on Wix, and our collaboration happened solely online. We shared our work with each other through that platform. We initially divided our explorations into three different topics: such as shadows, colors and light. The first week we explored shadows in the night, during the day, indoors, and outdoors. We tried as much as we could to continue the other’s thinking process and add to it. Most material was black and white and it looked nice as a whole.
However, as we progressed onto exploring colors and reflections through different methods we noticed that the harmony that was created in the first part of the process was broken. For this reason, we decided to renounce to the material we created in relation to colors and reflection, and we decided to focus on shadows, and on developing the thinking and creative process further. We saw great potential in using black and white filters for these works, as it enhances the contrast between light and darkness.
In the second half of our project, we were creating the material together, building upon our previous explorations. We realized the need to gather in one space so we could work on different aspects of creation together. As such, one of us could create through movement, while the second person was holding the torches, modifying the conditions of light. The second person was also contributing to creating the movement material by manipulating props and engaging with the movement of the first person. The third person was documenting the creative process with a camera, from different angles, both capturing images and moving pictures. We switched roles often. In the third part, we decided on the images that we were going to use together. We realised that each material needed to be edited, and that we could create collages in Photoshop. These collages then served as inspiration for creating story ideas for each blogpost. We decided on a black and white interface for the website, drawing from our previous exploration.
Also, we did not quite like the format of the blog and decided that we will eventually need to change the blog site. The main reason for this decision was that we wanted all material to be on one page without having to click on each post separately. We choose to work with WordPress as we found a template that fitted our concept well. Besides having the option to post in tiles and image series, it also offered the option to post our images in a collage format, which we thought was very artistic. We choose to post the most recent creations on the top of the page as we thought that it was important to share the final result of our collaboration first. So as the viewer scrolls lower down they can clearly notice the progress of the creative process. Also, one can observe how the initial individual explorations evolved towards a collaborative work.
However, we did not discard everything we created for the Wix website. The project description we created for the Wix website was still applicable to the work we were to present in WordPress, we only had to adapt it to the new focus we had that was solely on shadows. Also, observing the posts published on Wix in the previous week, we found some early interesting pictures that were a good fit for the new website. We decided to keep the initial pictures of shadows taken in the streets at night, as well as the video of improvised movement in relation to the curtain. Having a clear idea of black and white style for the website we only needed a bit of editing. This created a good base of integration for the old posts. We then included description to each post, explaining the thinking process behind, and at times also explaining the sources that inspired the creation of the new post. In this way we created a story line that gave an accurate overview of the whole creative process.
The researching process based on tasks and appreciation has been the most interesting part of the whole project. We could truly experiment on how specific use of light could result in different forms of shadows, in different sizes, and in unusual shapes. Sometimes the shadows we created appeared funny, while others were creepy and scary. The diverse and curious way in which shadows’ shapes could easily be transformed, moved us to create stories around them based on the main question that inspired our entire work: Do All Shadows Tell Stories?