Are shadows merely the poor cousins of reflections ? Could it be that a shadow, that implied absence of form, is actually more free than the spectacle of beauty which rests in the reflection ? Beauty is still beauty and contains an intrinsic value but the metaphysical, metaphorical depth remains; the absence of form can always be something other than what it is while the reflection is always bound more tightly to its defining object, even if no less transient and ephemeral in its essence. No one feels any kind of aesthetic or emotional sense of loss when a simple shadow fades away to nothingness…

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