What defines me? Without using a single living being in my photograph?
Here is the answer:
A self portrait – capturing my cast shadow on the dune sand.
I grew up in the desert, and therefore in a second world country (and not quite in the first world). Living conditions and the dry surroundings defined and conditioned me. I am very water conscious, frugal, inventive, resourceful, adventurous, nomadic, with a hint of gypsy-like blood in me.
The textured and rippled dune sand could reflect many things: The immense love for textures, not just in art forms and photographs, but also in life. There is no room for mediocrity, but everything done slightly out of the norm, with life’s small ripples and speed bumps taken with a sense of humour and a sense of adventure.
Slightly adjusted layers and light in Photoshop.
Taken April 2009, Namibia
© Gudrun Eckleben, www.geeart.com