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Insecurity and the Past

This photograph is from Shadow (2010), a short film created by Slater Bradley and Ed Lachman. The film was inspired by the movie Dark Blood (1993), which was never completed. Seventeen years later, Bradley and Lachman created the Shadow, which can be seen as an introduction to the original film. With the combination of a new cast and narrative, and inspiration from the original movie, Shadow creates a story. It intertwines elements of reality and fantasy, presenting a puzzling plot for the viewer. In the film Dark Blood, River Phoenix plays a widower who lives near a nuclear testing site in the Nevada desert. He finds a couple stranded in their car and rescues them. He later falls in love with the woman he rescued. Shadow goes deeper into the lives of the couple who get stranded in the original film, shifting the boundaries of past and future.

In this photograph from the film, a young girl is standing in the middle of a desert. Her posture reveals signs of insecurity, innocence and being lost in a dangerous place. There are no signs of other people in the empty desert. The beautiful blue Nevada sky is paired with uncomfortable isolation. To me, this image is almost a visual representation of an apocalypse. The photograph grabs my attention as though it can see through my soul, back to my childhood. I went through years of self-questioning as a child, and this image brings back those memories. When I was younger, I saw the world in a different light, almost as if I was stranded in a desert waiting for someone to rescue me. In those early years of my life, I struggled with insecurity. As a result, I found my escape from isolation in the arts. That’s when I knew I had found what I was really yearning for: myself.

By Yinersi

Slater Bradley (b. 1975) and Ed Lachman (b. 1946), Production still from Shadow, 2010. High-definition video,color, five-channel surround sound; 13:30 minutes. Collection of the artists; courtesy Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid; Max Wigram Gallery, London; Blum & Poe Gallery, Los Angeles; and Team Gallery, New York

Slater Bradley (b. 1975) and Ed Lachman (b. 1946), Production still from Shadow, 2010. High-definition video,color, five-channel surround sound; 13:30 minutes. Collection of the artists; courtesy Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid; Max Wigram Gallery, London; Blum & Poe Gallery, Los Angeles; and Team Gallery, New York