Taming Your Shadow

Just do it:
Shadow playing tennisPhoto: via freshpics

Separating from one’s shadow is an art no one has mastered yet. Many may have tried and gone mad over it. For most of us, it’s all fun and games, some horsing around, sometimes with astonishing, sometimes with a bit naughty results. Creativity knows no bounds when playing with your shadow but be on your guard or instead of taming it, your shadow might tame you!

Just kick it:
Playing with the shadowPhoto: via freshpics

He had to admit that his shadow was the better surfer:
shadow surferPhoto: Roger

Sometimes, shadows seem to take on a life of their own, merely bending their owners to their will.

Shadows can be naughtier than you think:
Cup shadowPhoto: via freshpics

Shadow girlPhoto: via freshpics

Fig leaf shadowPhoto: via freshpics

A bit cryptically, the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines a shadow as “partial darkness or obscurity within a part of space from which rays from a source of light are cut off by an interposed opaque body.” One could also say that a shadow is simply the result of an object obstructing direct light from a light source.

There’s love in these pages:
Heart shadowPhoto: Stuart Richards

The fork just couldn’t take it any more:
Hanging forkPhoto: Daquella Manera

Interestingly, a shadow is also defined as an “inseparable companion or follower.” We are very much in favour of this definition and would like to add that it’s the one companion who’s always there for us and whom we can have a lot of fun with.

Hey baby, I can touch your toe!
Baby and shadowPhoto: Melanie M.

All charged up – never put your hand in the electric socket:
dreadlock shadowPhoto: Giovanni Dall’Orto

The zebraman got caught again:
zebra armPhoto: Zepfanman.com

What’s going on behind her back?
Woman and shadowPhoto: Locomotive Stillstand

Other shadows though are more sinister and need to be watched, lest they take over. Psychologist C.G. Jung and his followers use the term shadow or shadow aspect when describing a part of the unconscious mind that consists of repressed weaknesses, shortcomings, instincts and the irrational. According to Jung: “Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.” So next time you look behind, see how dark your shadow really is.

The day the shadow sneaked up on him:
Shadow sneaking upPhoto: BraNewbs

Will the shadow man get sucked into the giant vacuum cleaner?
Man and jet enginePhoto: Let Ideas Compete

His shadow brings out his true colours:
Shadow of crossPhoto: Jason Rogers

They were trying to eradicate their shadows but they wouldn’t budge…
Erasing the shadowsPhoto: Sigitas Matulis

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