Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Shadow Play - Photo Series

If a picture paints a thousand words, shadows in a picture would paint a hundred more.

Shadows show us a different ‘angle of the story’, or may help us guess (or imagine) conditions or emotions, sometimes it casts a dark and mysterious aura, or a hint of something bad, or maybe give a message of hope, or of peace, among many other imaginary interpretations.

While the pictures I’ve chosen below were not shadow image-intended (except the Antarctica shots or the shadow-looking-only image), they do give or add meaning to the picture-story. Here are some for entertainment…

"A long summit day" - Vinson's Summit ridge Jan2012. A hard battle won,
everyone tired and exhausted, our shadows thin and long- seemed to echo that,
what was waiting was another long and tiring march back to the camp.

Felt like noon-time in western cwm glacier (past C1 Everest),
a short-crawling shadow of the broken glacier up ahead. What was waiting up there? what was waiting after we go past the shadow line? Perhaps another wall, another shadow.  Just climb on, and we'd soon know...

"After the shadow, comes the night." A long trekking day at Gokyo (Khumbu) is coming to an end?  Our long thin shadows, the low ray of lights - seemed like the day's message of good bye - and that a cold, chilly night was about to come.

"Casting a shadow of gloom."  A storm-battered camp gets a ‘shade’ from a nearby peak.   After a dark, cloudy storm - a bright sunny day and unobscured ray of light will warm things up, including one’s hope and spirit.  (Denali 2008)

"Hide me from the glaring Sun." The mountain's shadow - East peak provided a mountain of shade, as climbers trudge on to the saddle, towards the West peak of Elbrus.
"Of shadows and men". A shadow of doubt, or a shadow of hope. Tough going up the headwall towards high camp of Vinson Massif (2012).
"The shadow of work." Another mid-day work in the office - shadow is small, but the haul is big. Yak prepares to carry a heavy load. While we sometimes carry 25+kg backpack load, Yaks carry 80kg! 

"Face your shadow." A tall shadow on a wall means – a difficult, vertical climb!  a few hundred gasps of hopes before the south summit of Everest.
Even with the clouds, shadow can be seen ‘running down’ with my team.  Afraid of another storm? Excited to go home? Our shadows were one with us, afraid and excited. 
Our shadows stand together, and will not fall together.  All 14 of us hopeful visitors went down after this group’s failed attempt on Aconcagua. (2 of us went back up). At Aconcagua's basecamp at 14,000ft Andes Range.

"Shadow pacing." To each his own, only one’s shadow as the companion. Going up the long stretch towards the Canaleta (on the way to Aconcagua's summit). 2005.

"A shadow in the mist." Shadow-like silhouette, walking in the mist.   Unsure, reluctant? To pursue the mountain - shrouded, obscured, mysterious. 

"Leave your shadow behind." To see hope, sometimes we look away from our shadows - towards the light source.
Warm, bright and filled with life. (ABC Cho Oyu 2005).

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