La Sombra Series

This work was informed by my musings about spirituality and the feminine archetype. According to the spiritual and metaphysical understandings of the Afromestizo communities of La Costa Chica in Mexico, La Sombra is an aspect of a person similar to the "soul". La Sombra may escape from the body when a person suffers a "shock" or a traumatic event. A ritual is required to return it to its owner's body.
I made these images in my garden which is a sacred place for me. I used objects that represent aspects of the feminine archetype. The images were made using a Holga Camera and were printed by silver gelatin process in the darkroom and were toned with selenium.

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