A Shadow of One’s Self

A Shadow of One's Self - Austin, Texas

A Shadow of One’s Self – Austin, Texas

I was rather pleased with myself for coming up with this double entendre. Obviously, this is my shadow, a long one taken when the sun is low to the horizon, near sunset. But, it also represents a shadow of one’s self in terms of diminished vitality and interest. Like many people in the world, this pandemic has taken its toll. I know I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a job and a loving and healthy family.

However, being confined mostly at home has taken away some of the zest for life. Certainly, my father’s recent passing weighs. The planned Hawaii vacation is definitely scrubbed; the island is extending its quarantine for at least another month. In fact, there’s really no reason to take a vacation or go anywhere if they are effectively all locked down to some extent. To add to the insult, COVID-19 cases in Texas are trending higher than ever.

I made this picture with my utterly mundane but certainly usable $22 Fujifilm A900, which I reviewed yesterday. I can stuff this throwaway camera in my pocket without worry, and snap a picture that seems worthwhile. There is nothing technically spectacular about this image, though I like the composition and its symbolic representation.

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