Saturday, February 21, 2009

Grafton Street Shadows

A quick contre jour shot at the bottom of Grafton Street. The contre jour shot is taken looking into the light and can produce a dramatic effect. Shadows of course are the inevitable consequence of this type of shot. The shadow in psychoanalysis is a very important concept. It can refer to all aspects of the unconscious - everything of which the individual is not conscious. More specifically, it can be everything (traits and attitudes) which the individual does not recognise about his or herself. This can very easily be projected onto someone else - so if you find yourself hating something or somebody for no reason that you can think of, then that is likely to be within your own shadow. To some extent therefore, we all live in our own shadow - or out of it. Recognising our shadow is is one of the key tasks we have in psychoanalysis.