In Praise of Shadows

Magic sky.

Still waiting.

Seems like that’s what we do. Even though we said that 2020 would be good. That the year would be positive. The first ten days have been anything but that. I’m sensing a very palpable uneasiness. It’s not just me. A lot of people feel it too.

It’s not politics. It’s not just the impeachment, or the failure of government to do their constitutional duties. It’s something else. It’s bigger than that. Something’s coming. And, as I used to say many years ago, “I got a bad feeling about this.” The last time I said that was after looking at the hurricane maps for Katrina.

I have a nightmare feeling about Mardi Gras. I’m not going to tell you. But, I don’t think the Iranians are done yet.

Just sayin.’

That feeling is reflected in my work. The pictures are getting darker. If I photograph something bright and shining I leave it in my archives. I look for scenes that reflect my thinking. After all, they say that artists make images that are autobiographical. The rest of you make your own meaning. Success means that you see and feel things the way that I see them.

Some 2020, eh? Still I’ll hold onto my word for the year.


This picture was bleak. Too bleak. So I added a little color and some strange shapes to it in post production. The picture has a little smile to it now. I think.

The only thing I know to do these days is just to keep going. Art harder as a friend who lives in Memphis says. Play harder. Work harder. Whatever you do, keep doing it. Harder.

There. Is that positive enough?

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

10 thoughts on “In Praise of Shadows

  1. The “like” is for the beautiful photo. I shudder at your thoughts about Iran being done…I’m in complete agreement. I do hope my intuition is entirely off. I typically enjoy being on the same page with friends. You frequently mirror my thoughts, Ray. I’m not altogether comforted by that, however. 😦

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  2. I like how you said I look for scenes that reflect my thinking. That is so true for photographers I believe. It is true for myself. I have never seen a sky quite like that. I will be keeping up with your post.

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    1. There is a art theory that applies to all art. It says that all art is autobigraphical. But, the reader, user or viewer, make his or her own meaning from the art. For me, that influence how and what I photograph. I don’t try to make pictures that the viewer likes. Actually, I do the opposite which seems to draw people into the picture. That’s what I think.

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      1. That is it exactly, I don’t work for anyone, I go where I like to be. Where I feel peace and enjoy where I am at. I find most all photographs a work of art, even if they are a little blurry or I especially like photos that depict real life from other people. I can put myself in the photo, as if I was there. That is the beauty of photography for me. It lets my imagination fly to places I may never get to go in real life.

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      2. Photography and music management are my jobs, but what you see here is mostly experimentation. That sort of fulfills my need for art. As you said in a different way, I want you to feel how I felt when I made the picture.


  3. Like your photo above, when I look at it, I picture laying on the ground looking up to the sky, with trees that look like they go on forever. And the multitude of colors took me back to when I used to go out late at night in Northern Minnesota on a cold winters night, and watch the Northern lights dance across the sky. Your photo reminded me of that. I deal with memory loss, and photos will bring back a memory that I have forgotten about, so I thank you. 🙂

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