Photos of Empty Shoes with Shadows and Reflections


For his ongoing project I’m Not There, Barcelona-based photographer Pol Úbeda Hervàs creates composite photographs from multiple exposures that blend his shoes with his shadows and reflections.






We asked Hervàs about the specific technique behind these images. He wouldn’t tell us, but instead reiterated the project’s description (and the reason why he makes the images):

How can we accept that we are changing?
How can we accept we hardly recognize ourselves in certain situations?
I am changing at this very moment of my life.
I do not react in the same ways I used to. I am surprised. Is that me?
These pictures are the way I see myself now.
My shadow is there but I erase myself because I don´t know who I am any longer.
The shoes remain only to make sure there is something more than… a shadow.

The technique is likely extremely simple: shoot two photographs — one of just your shoes, and one of yourself standing in that location — and then blend the two images together in Photoshop.

You can find more of his work over on his Flickr page.

(via Colossal)

  • iamnothere?

    Honestly, that’s a terrific idea. One of those ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ idea.

  • Leopoldo García

    Great imagination, now take it a notch higher…action shadows and shoes. Great work !!!

    The Shadow lives!

  • 3ric15

    That usually happens to me when some project is posted on PP :P

  • Wixxxer

    “We asked Hervàs about the specific technique behind these images.”
    Seriously? Shoot one image with person standing somewhere, mark where the shoes are, put shoes without person in position, shoot second image, merge files in potatoshop. Is it that hard to figure out?

  • KH

    Excellent work. Peter Pan would be proud!

  • Kris J Boorman

    I love the photos but the description leaves something to be desired.

    “The shoes remain only to make sure there is something more than… a shadow.”


  • Ale Gomez

    No is not. Not even for PS useless people like me! :)

  • mooboy

    Why mark the shoes out? Just get loose fitting shoes, take photo, then have someone hold them in place as the person slips out of them.

  • Neoracer Xox

    GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH THE HUMANITY!!!!

  • bgrady413

    Who the hell wears flip flops to play tennis?!