Always curious about new ways of seeing, I’ve been exploring 3D shadows in my next book. I used to experience them in downtown Houston between skyscrapers at night. They most often appeared like the image above (look past the lights into the shadows). Sometimes they seemed to suspend spectral shapes in midair. More recently I enjoyed them in the Chihuly exhibit at the Oklahoma City MOA, but didn’t know what to call them. Here’s a photo I took of one Chihuly (no, I’m not a photographer).
If you look at the spectral imagery on the walls behind the art glass, you get a 2-d version of the 3-d experience I’m trying to describe.
Here’s a New York sidewalk photographed by Madelaine DeRose at www.madeau.com that is truly a landscape. Back up a little and fan shapes appear like facets of a gem.
Can 3D shadows reflect a hidden landscape within my crime fiction? When I included them in a new scene for my writer’s critique group, the group made it clear that this concept is fascinating, but isn’t well-known. To some, it’s just confusing, to others it titillates and expands their perception.
Which is exactly what I want.
So I guess in some ways it’s a reminder that I need to clarify that scene a bit, I need to draw a clear enough image in their minds, but preserve the central concept. My books are born from a real need to stretch my own perception of the world and they will never appeal to everyone, just the ones who want to stretch in a similar way.
And that’s okay.
Distortion went through similar critiques about reverse perspective but in the end, the people who loved the book enough to tell friends and help make it a success were most fascinted by this new way of seeing. It inspired enough people even if it didn’t appeal to everyone.
Two bits of news:
My latest and final column for ionOklahoma Magazine came out last week. It’s a good pub but I need to allocate my time to other writing. Click the image to read it online.
And my poetry debut in Veils Halos and Shackles is available for preorder. With voices of women across the globe, this collection will shock, startle, and above all, INSPIRE … like faceted shadows.