Shadows for A Saturday


It’s a rainy Saturday in Toronto. Our move to Dallas is coming, albeit slowly; as we pack and gather and stuff and tape, I keep thinking of that crazy big sky in Texas and how I have seen nothing quite like it in my travels.

I have to say I miss it.  I also miss being warm.  I really miss being even too warm, where air conditioning is a necessity of survival.


I love taking photos of shadows I see.  Shadows are just a world of stories that are only waiting for you to imagine them.  I can remember being a really little boy and being fascinated with the shadows of two clouds becoming one cloud as I watched them from the top of the stairs out into the front yard — I love that memory!  My absolute favorite photos of myself are the ones where you’re looking at a silhouette of my head and body; I’m guessing it sounds weird to you, but every time you see one of those photos of me, it was taken while I was giggling my ass right off.  I hope that gives you comfort, it certainly does for me!

Enjoy some fun shadow photos while you munch your breakfast grindage.  Or maybe just coffee, like the real breakfast of champions is done.  With bacon.

This is just a small sample of some of the shadow photos I have over on my Shadows Flickr set.

setting sun and vertical blinds

curvy shadow racetrack

shadows of refraction

Cracked Spotlight

the purple shadows of the city

Plano, trees.

vertical blinds

tree loving the window

Click on any image below for our awesome new Blackbox Gallery view!

Tim Noble and Sue Webster’s “Nihilistic Optimistic” is AMAZING




Hands down AMAZING, that is what needs to be said about this work. You’ve seen Tim and Sue on before – Tim Noble and Sue Webster had their work on JOL back in 2009, tbeir debut work.  Tim and Sue are back with something absolutely amazing:  Nihilistic Optimistic, their newest work, debuted at the Blaine Southern Gallery, their exhibit having closed on November 24, 2012.

Tim and Sue are true masters of the shadow.

Get ready when you go to the Tim Noble and Sue Webster website – you’ll be greeted in a way I feel only they know how to do:  Welcome, Motherfuckers.











Thanks, Yatzer!  All images © Peter Mallet

Brigitte Ziegler’s B52 Shadow

You know how much I like shadows.  Even painted shadows.  Now here’s hoping that this was either A) biodegradable paint or B) this grass died for the cause of art.

This is Brigitte Ziegler‘s The Shadow:

The Shadow, painting on grass, 49 x 56 meters, shape of a B 52, 2010, Biennale Les Environnementales, Jouy-en-Josas.

This work was done for Les Environnementales – which is actually pretty cool, dig into this a little – a Biennial of Contemporary Art held at Tecomah, an environmental studies school near Paris.  This school has a pretty great name – TECOMAH:  the School of Environment and Quality of Life.  YES PLEASE.

Brigitte’s works are, by definition, dealing with some violent themes.  The image above is striking to me especially, being that there are kids playing on it.

Kumi Yamashita’s Unbelievably Amazing Shadow People

For some reason, when I saw these images for the first time a few hours ago, the first thought that popped into my head was Ron Burgundy saying “by the beard of Zeus!”  These pieces below are just outstanding to me.  Kumi Yamashita has created many of these “shadow works” before – she is absolutely brilliant at painting with darkness.

Check these out – you have to see her work.  You have to see it.  You also have to check out Kumi’s portfolio.  Kumi, you blew me away.



City View:




That one is just freaky!  I love it!

A commenter left an image on the original poster’s site (thanks, My Modern Met!) with another very striking image, created by Kumi, too:


Thanks, Nicola Andrews, for bringing this to my attention!!!