Our Shadows

Words and Photography by Maria Michaelides

BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts

This last year has been a difficult time; within lockdown we often wonder why we feel so low and vulnerable. We have become so use to the feeling of isolation that we cannot comprehend why we feel so lonely sometimes. We have now adapted to accepting this feeling.

We find it hard to use our creative platforms in the same ways that we use to. Exploring the feeling of physically and mentally being imprisoned, I revisited places that hold positive memories for me, as a way of remembering how life once was.

I used my shadows to demonstrate how much life has changed now, casting shadows on all my memories and exploring ways of portraying loneliness within my mind. We feel trapped within our own thoughts, and we can be our own worst enemy.


Shadows and light play. Staying at home all day allows us to observe the light and how it travels during different times of the day.


  1. Place different objects such and bottles, a glass or a plant on your window. When light goes through your window, look where and how shadows appear on your bed, table or a wall.
  2. Look to see what happens when the object is far away from the background or how that changes as it gets closer to it.
  3. Try to catch your shadows on different objects.
  4. Underexpose and overexpose your images for different effects.
  5. Think how you frame your picture, look for more abstract composition, make us wonder what it is that you have photographed.

Photos and text by Alex Wojcik


When taking these pictures I wanted to capture the banality of everyday life. Something very boring and very simple to create quiet and minimal images. As you can see there is my partner’s butt , some water under my plant , laundry and a coffee stain on my mug.


  1. Think about banality , something that isn’t amazing to start with. How can you frame it to bring poetry to your image.
  2. Try to separate your objects from the background . Place a card behind it or hang a cloth. 
  3. If shooting with a DSLR try to use wider aperture to soften the background.
  4. Experiment with exposure time. 

Inspiring artists to research …
Wolfgang Tillmans and Rinko Kawauchi

Photos and text by Alex Wojcik