So, I had this great idea. Everyone is taking ‘selfies’. I wanted to be different, so I came up with an idea for a ‘shadow selfie’. It was simple. Stand with the sun at my back, just so, and take a picture of my shadow. Then I expanded the idea and decided on a series of ‘shadow selfies’.
I’ve been waiting for the sun for days. Today, the sun showed its face and stayed bright for a few hours. I gathered up the princeling and his things, put on his coat and away we went. I wanted a ‘shadow selfie’ with my dog. I even had a name for the photo. We photographers like naming our photos.
We walk to the park and I find the perfect spot. Gloves off, camera in hand, pose the dog. I’m ready but the princeling doesn’t want to stay still. I pose him slightly ahead of me, raise the camera, he moves ahead to sniff a rock. I move over a bit, pose him, he moves forward to check out the park. I sigh. I try again. He’s posed, camera is ready, he runs to the left to check out the leaf that the wind blew 2 mm. He moves to the left, he moves to the right, stand up, sit down … fight fight fight. I find a little snow pebble, throw it and he moves to a spot and sniffs. Finally, something that works.
I take my photo. Woman and dog. Perfect.
So proud of the result, I show Precious.
Me: Cool photo, yes? The second in my ‘shadow selfie’ series.
Precious: hmmm … it would look better without the foot prints.
Me: SIGH …
You can’t leave footprints in the sands of time
if you are sitting on your butt,
and who wants to leave butt prints in the sands of time!
~ Bob Moawad