Shadows are an inseparable part of photography, both literally and metaphorically. In the literal sense, shadows play a partner role to light. Without light there is no photography, and without light there are no shadows. Shadows often define the negative space of a photograph and form the deep base notes upon which an image stands. Shadows exist only in the absence of light, and this essence binds the literal to the metaphorical. The shadows of our lives represent the dark corners which we try to hide from both ourselves and others, whether through conscious denial and deception or simple lack of awareness. Yet, while shadows can obscure (as in a dark alley), they can also protect (from the scorching heat of a desert sun). In the darkness of the shadow lies surprise, but this surprise is not always what it seems. Without pushing through the shadows of our lives, we would never find our true strengths. And thus the shadow illuminates in ways that light never can.