Some cultures believe that shadows are ghosts. Storytellers have used the shadow to portray “evil” or the “dark side”. Psychologists have referred to the shadow as the unconscious. In many cases, the shadow has been used as a metaphor for death.
Technically the shadow is a dark area cast on a surface by the interception of the body between rays of light. The shadow is nothing but an obstruction of light signifying a presence of something. The image cast becomes a form of reproduction of oneself yet most likely results in a distortion of ones identity. It is also suggestive of life.
The shadow provides us with information of a time and place while reminding us that this permanent extension of ourselves remains intangible. Why does this intangible entity possess so many conflicting meanings?