The Shadow Self is a term used in Wicca, Paganism, tarot, astrology, literature, TV, art and probably a thousand other things. It’s the concept that every person has a light and a dark side. This concept is what fueled these photos I took to submit to Baby Teeth this month.
Originally my focus with this shoot was to play with the use of shadows. I’ve been starting to take my photography more seriously, and that – to me – means going back to basics and rethinking everything I learnt way back when I first started taking silly outfit shots for this blog. While looking for Halloween decorations on EBay I found this old mask for sale and I knew I had to wear it for a photograph. And I thought the horns would create a really interesting silhouette.
The mask is not very flattering – actually it’s very uncomfortable and sweaty – which made me feel a little weird. Because for a long time the photos on this blog were just about presenting a pretty outfit. But no one is pretty every day. We all have our horrible moments! That’s what the shadow self is all about.
You may be sick of me referencing horror movies all the time, but I like to think when I look at these photos that I’m presenting two sides. Not just the shadow self and the light self, but the damsel in distress and the evil embodiment of the devil. But if horror movies have taught us anything it’s that only by accepting our darker side can we really come out on top of all of our challenges.
Speaking of horror movies, the structure of these photos and my poses – although I feel I could have done better – are modeled after a scene in one of my favourite classic horror movies. The House on Haunted Hill featuring Vincent Price. It’s such a campy horror scene, but is so beautifully captured! I guess I just find a lot of inspiration from Horror movies.
Go check out all of the photos in this series on Baby Teeth along with more short stories, poetry and photographs!