Soft Shadow by Ania Ahlborn

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Original Creation Date: April 23rd, 2006

Okay, part deux. This is a follow-up to Estranged. I purposefully tried to keep the style similar and tied it in with the poetry, which is by Damien Echols. (

I watched as
the closet door
slid open,
and out crept
a spindly man-thing
to dance in silent circles
next to my bed.

Original was auctioned off at Skeleton Key in San Francisco.
Model: Aaron Gilmore
Photographer: Tessa Beebe
Charcoal on 90 lb. paper (Canson), freehand, 14″ × 20″

P.S. I friggin’ LOVE this one. Auction or not, I weep for the original.


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Ania Ahlborn is an author, avid traditional charcoal artist, and photography hobbyist. You can find her photography here and learn more about her on her website,

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  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 5 years ago

    Great work- that short simple poem condures such vivid imagery too- no wonder her gaze is so intend and slightly disbelieving (well through my eyes anyway)- ACE xx

  • Aynako
    Aynakoover 5 years ago

    I love how your charcoal work looks almost like a photo. The poem ties in with it very well.

  • EtherealMe
    EtherealMeover 5 years ago


  • paperslayer
    paperslayerover 5 years ago

    WOW….WOW….like WOW!

  • Leith
    Leithover 5 years ago

    Just amazing.. loving a lot of your work at the mo :)

  • capizzi
    capizziover 5 years ago

    Instant Fav!… I read your profile and your work is anything but fake. @};——

  • Nick Runckel
    Nick Runckelover 5 years ago

    your work is INSANE!! truly, undeniably unbelievable!!!! You have inspired me to pick up charcoal for the first time in years.

  • Lividly Vivid
    Lividly Vividover 5 years ago

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    Lividly Vividover 5 years ago

  • J. D. Adsit
    J. D. Adsitover 5 years ago

    gorgeous hard shadow is more like it :))

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