I've found shadows to be an interesting subject matter for probably most of my life. I took a photography class when I was in college back in the (gasp!) '70's. It was for this class that I took this shot of a shadow of a yucca plant. I also took a photo around the same time of the sky that seemed to be quite mysterious and moody. I have both of them printed as 8 X 10 glossies.
Fast forward to 2003 and I am back in college taking art classes, working on my second degree. My area of concentration was printmaking and at that time I was enrolled in a Photo Intaglio class. I used these two images as the subject matter for two plates that I planned to print together which is what you see here.
As for the title of the piece: "La Laments IV". I'm trying to recall where my head was at when I gave it the title. The "IV" is probably because I had done four variables of this print, all of which are considered to be working proofs (giving the printmaker a visual reference of where they might want to go in further working the piece, or as a static reference for striking further prints which would make it a final proof). For me, the image is moody and enigmatic. It speaks of the regrets that we have throughout our lives. Regret about things we said. About things we didn't say. Regret about actions taken and not taken. Regret about relationships that didn't work or that ended up being hurtful or disappointing.
Whatever that list of regrets are though, we certainly can choose to drown ourselves in that endless chasm of regrets OR we can choose to look at the silver lining in the cloud where the light is breaking through and aim for that.
May you always keep your sights set on the silver lining that is there in every dark cloud!