Playing with Shadows

Ghatotkacha as seen in Javanese shadow puppet ...
Ghatotkacha as seen in Javanese shadow puppet play (wayang) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Wayang Kulit
English: Wayang Kulit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many cultures which have taken on the art of using shadows as a medium of communication in performing arts. In Malaysia, we have the “wayang kulit“, a traditional Malay, shadow puppet show. The stylized elaborately designed puppets  interact, dance and glide behind a large white cloth screen on which a  very bright white light is shone. The dramas acted out by these puppets are usually ancient myths and legends. But, the idea of shadow play has actually taken on a more modern usage. This also reminds me of  Rey Ferrer’s artwork which this American artist blogs about on his “urbanwallart” blog. I visit his blog from time to time and the more I look at his pictures, the many shades of grey, black and white seem to move like a shadow dance. Speaking of shadows, a friend of mine, another blogger I follow sent me this link.

What one can do with shadows! This is purely for your enjoyment, a little light, refreshing moment of happiness. The good shadows. Sit back and just watch. Be inspired by this wonderful shadow play. Journey with the Dogue.

Author: jasminetea2

A free lance writer interested in people and ways of living. An adventurer in reality and explorer of fiction. A solitary animal by nature.

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