Darkness in the light

By Joe Duty | Published Thursday, September 29, 2011

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Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

A figure rises defined. Although unrecognizable, details such as stray hairs on top of a poised head and wrinkles on a collared shirt flare into stark existence.

The objects, experiences, places and people of our lives cast the shadows that tell who we are. Unseen reality gives shape to forms that appear as if from thought or dream.

Our roaming photographer captured this image last weekend at the National Newspaper Association awards ceremony in Albuquerque, N.M.

Focusing the lens on the glowing screen in the background darkened the subject in the foreground, creating a crisp, sharp silhouette. Flags, projection screen and pitch nothingness frame the subject naturally.

Our story is not defined so much by us as it is by our life’s surroundings. A horde of subtle interactions telling stories behind the curtain.

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