I recently started a new thread Vernacular photography — a means to avoid an end
and it has a bit of relevance to the thread we are in now:http://www.photoclubalpha.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=4259
In the Japan Times
article linked to there is this quote about some photos:
The displayed clutter of smiling faces and sunlit scenery might seem to be a radical jump from the contrived funerary portraits next-door. But the reoccurring shadow, which invites us to ponder the relationship between the people in front of and behind the camera, also alludes to the ever-present specter of death, the grim reaper lurking on the fringes of life.
Some of the snapshot shadows are so prominent that they appear deliberate.
I thought that was a coincidence when I read the above.
Over the years I have sometimes intentionally included my shadow or some other evidence of me. And, of course, sometimes it has been accidental...but are there truly any accidents