Do you ever use your own shadow in your pictures? If so, how do you think of it? As being "you"? Or as a more generic kind of outside presence? Or as simply a structural ingredient (useful darkness)? Do you think it's the same as, in a documentary film, where you hear the voice of the filmmaker (from behind the camera), or not? For example, if you look at THIS example [LINK], what does the (unintentional) shadow of the photographer's head "do" to the picture? Do you (I'm looking at you, Steve Gubin) think there is a prejudice against the inclusion of self-shadows in "serious" photographs? You rarely see it, with the very notable exception of Friedlander who delights in making clever use of his own shadow. More examples of snapshot (unintentional) inclusion of the photographer's shadow are: 01 [LINK] 02 [LINK] 03 [LINK] 04 [LINK] 05 [LINK] 06 [LINK] 07 [LINK] [all examples from the Fraenkel Gallery's publication, The Book of Shadows] Do you have examples, from your own work, of serious or not-so-serious use of your own shadow in your pictures? Show us -- and, if you can, say what you think the shadow is "doing" in the picture. Or, can you think of well-known photographers who have used it in published work (I'll give some examples of Friedlander's stuff in a later post).