Shadows are not true reflections, yet they give an interesting, often fairytale-like perspective of oneself. The definitions of shadow as a noun include: "a hint, image, or faint semblance; a remnant or vestige; a reflection; the Jungian archetype (the shadow self) that represents man's animal ancestors or primal instincts." In Jungian psychology, one learns to embrace the dark side of the self in order to integrate it and heal the psyche. I invite you to bring your Shadow Self into the light of day!
My submission this month -- I captured my shadow on this wildly painted threshold of a home in the surfing town of Salyulita, Nayarit (Mexico). I love the colors, the lizard, and the feeling of motion in this simple photo. My shadow self seems to be tickling the side of the lizard, getting it to squiggle off the step. I think it is celebrating its inclusion in such an artsy setting. Party on, shadow self!