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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)