Project Athena - Day 287 (Shadows)

Casting Shadows

This week, studying shadows has truly been a week of studying light. In the words of Lady Gaga, “If you don't have any shadows, you're not in the light.” Several overcast days posed some challenges but I learned that I can cast my own shadows with any sort of light. I was also aware of how fickle shadows are. They come and go in a heartbeat, even when the object or person casting the shadow remains resolute. Finding a position to shoot without casting my own shadow into the frame was probably the most challenging part of this week and I realized that in life, I have often over shadowed the people I love out of my own insecurity. Huh? Hope that is in the past.

Pitchfork Shadow

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 29.3mm • F/4.3 • 1/950s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 286 (Shadows)

If These Shadows Could Talk

A very warm spring day in Colorado and the restaurants are scrambling to find their outdoor sun umbrellas that have been stored away in winter sheds. My body was craving the sunlight so no umbrella was needed as I sat with my cold beer and let my mind wander. How many conversations have taken place over the years in these two empty seats. Humans connecting with each other, breathing the same air, sharing thoughts and opinions over a meal. Or sharing their silence.

Furniture Shadows on the Patio

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 18mm • F/22 • 1/900s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 284 (Shadows)

Beware of the Dark Side

I wonder if certain paths to self-awareness don’t just lead to narcissism or arrogance? Even the great masters, real or fictional, all had to confront their dark sides at some point in their "careers." I've experienced self-awareness through self-indulgence as just another strategy for avoiding the deepest emotions and the result is inner fragmentation and derailment from the soul's true agenda.

Yes, run! Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.
— Yoda

Project Athena - Day 283 (Shadows)

A Day on the Senate Floor

Need I say more? Dinosaurs went extinct for a reason.

By the way, I did get a response to my letter to Senator Gardner. He said a whole lot of "blah blah blah" about how threatening Iran is to the entire world. There was no mention of the infamous "Letter to Iran" he signed and sent. If you have been following this story in the political news, you know the 48 "T-Wreckers" are all over the map with their explanation of why they attempted a blatant sabotage of the negotiations in the most delicate stages. The final outcome of this monumental fuck-up remains to be seen.

Maybe a terodactilo will have them all for lunch.

A Day on the U.S. Senate Floor

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 27.9mm • F/8 • 1/900s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 282 (Shadows)

"Hello Darkness My Old Friend..."

A journey into the dark side of oneself can be very healing. I always know if there is something I am strongly opposed to or someone I can never allow myself to be, it is my shadow side trying to get my attention. These deep seated thoughts and emotions find their way to the surface one way or another and I much prefer it be on my own terms rather than some sort of other than conscious self-destructive behavior.

I am grateful to all the teachers, gurus, masters, modalities and tools that continue to transform, cultivate and heal my life. You know who you are.

Shadows and Bottles

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 38.9mm • F/5 • 1/250s • ISO 640

Project Athena - Day 281 (Shadows)

We All Have a Shadow Side

I will be shooting shadows this week and already I am thinking about one of my favorite teachers in the world of personal transformation, Debbie Ford. Her message was ground breaking as she explored the "internal split that happens for each and every human as they develop and get socialized into a world of conflicts and polarities." (Debbie Ford Website) I am ready to dive into the theme fully.

Playground Shadow

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 38.9mm • F/22 • 1/170s • ISO 400