I’m Not There: The Reflection of Shadow


Barcelona photographer PoL Úbeda Hervàs published an album named "I'm Not There" consisting of a series of portraits. Interestingly, the object of the portraits are merely a shadow with a pair of shoes.

In fact, these series of portraits are conceptualized by the photographer while he ponders about how his life has changed. The message behind is every person in this world are unknowingly shifting from his or her original self. As we look into the reflection of ourselves, does it truthfully represent us, is it our true self? Or is it just a mere physical shadow? PoL Úbeda Hervàs utilized the principal of light and shadow to complete this set of extraordinary creation, overwhelming the viewers’ thought.

Shadows follow us everywhere, but they change with the situation and condition. When you look at your shadow, does uncertainty hit you? Are you forgetting your true personality, forgetting why and where you are standing as you are? The awkward presence of the shoes is to remind ourselves of us changing; what is left should not be a mere shadow. The photographer left the shoes as a small reminder that there was at least some fragment of our personality left behind from what we have been through, more than just a shadow.

Information sourced from This is Colossal.

written by lomographytaiwan on 2013-02-11 in #lifestyle #shadow #lomography #analogue-photography #photographer #pol-ubeda-hervas #analogue-cameras #exhibitions #i-m-not-there #art
translated by an_lai_drew


  1. jezzyjung
    jezzyjung ·

    Amazing series :)

  2. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

    @lomographytaiwan and @an_lai_drew superb photos! However these are digital, aren't they? And photoshoped? If not I'd be very curious to get explanations on the technic used to achieve this :)

  3. markfradley
    markfradley ·

    Technic, one image to create shoes(location), shadows, next image in this case, the model removed their feet whilst someone held the shoes and the shot was taken again that how you get the "inside on the shoes" then mask the layer in photoshop using a combination of black brushes & white brushes to expose the background. Very nice effect but as you say it looks digital. (note you can always shoot a clean images in the same position of just the tennis court) may help with some shots.

  4. mojo_lomo
    mojo_lomo ·


  5. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    @elvismartinezsmith @lomographytaiwan @an_lai_drew @markfradley you can´t do this without photoshop. well at least not perfect like it is on those pics. however the pics are really great but doing them digital is really easy. in november last year i tried to do this in analogue with my holga. it turned out great but not perfect. i still want to improve it but currently the weather over here isn´t the way you could do this. here is my attempt: www.lomography.com/homes/bloomchen/popular/photos/17139688 - and i just tried it once and quickly. and without tripod (i placed the cam on the baby carrier).

  6. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

    @bloomchen ok thanks. Much less attracting knowing it's digital :P but very nice photos though

  7. schlogoat
    schlogoat ·

    Hmm I agree.

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