stories and illustration

Owl: Reflection and Shadow


November 5, 2013 - Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,


  1. I love working with reflections. I like all the different dimensions in this photo.


    Comment by The Witch's Promise | November 8, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi – Very good to hear from you, and thank you for commenting. I purposefully set up these photographs to express those dimensions – the owl, the mirror, the shadow, and also some reflections from the window. I needed to get the thing set up at a particular time of day and season, when the sun comes in through one of the windows in my little studio at the right angle. The owl is stuffed, I bought him in a local auction, but he has a character for me (called Marvin after a character in a book I wrote, a kind of alchemist); and there were barn owls that appeared often, even during the day, in a house I lived in in the MIddle Marches of the Scottish Borders, and they mean a lot to me. They disappeared for years, but last time I went they were back, nesting in the barn. Marvin’s feathers have faded on one side, as I stupidly left him in the window for a while…. so if you own a stuffed bird, treat it like a watercolour….


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | November 8, 2013 | Reply

      • He looks so real! I thought he was a living friend of yours who was enjoying sitting for you photograph. You obviously have an affinity with owls. x


        Comment by The Witch's Promise | November 8, 2013

      • I’m sorry to disillusion you, but I need to be honest about Marvin, the familiar spirit of my studio. I have a very strong feeling about barn owls – I saw one once in the woods here, near the river, and am always hoping to see it again, but no luck so far, though I have heard its harsh cry. But where I used to live, which was really remote, you saw them every evening. They weren’t popular with other birds. Little birds used to torment the owls, even landing on the heads of the owls briefly to try and make them go elsewhere.


        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | November 8, 2013

      • Oh, you haven’t disillusioned me at all. I believe in the spirits of things and I think he may be stuffed but his energy is in the photograph. I live somewhere semi-rural and I can’t imagine what it must be like to live somewhere really remote.


        Comment by The Witch's Promise | November 8, 2013

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