Denmark: Long Shadows


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When we take a photograph we are aware of the position of the sun and the subject so as not to create shadows which could ruin an otherwise fine image. Sometimes shadows can work to our advantage. Case in point is “Denmark: Long Shadows“; October 1939. Why? Because in this case the shadows add a sense of mystery to an otherwise sterile image. Moreover, I would argue in extrapolating a bit further is that the photo is incorporating the specter of the Nazi invasion in April 1940. Somehow these long shadows have become a testimony to the occupation which awaits the Danes. Hindsight is 20/20. Could the photographer have possibly imagined what was to come? Yet Poland had just been invaded a month earlier.