In Praise of Shadows (in production)

“…all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” -Leo Tolstoy

In the cacophony of the modern age, we lack a “throbbing, vital center” as Ernest Becker wrote in his seminal treatise on the human condition Denial of Death. We seem to spend as much time running from our shadows as we do cultivating our cultural identities. Shadows have been associated with everything from the authentic ground of our being to omens of our impending death. Whatever they are to people, shadows represent something about ourselves. They speak to our inner lives and act as a reminder of our existence from moment to moment.