Shadows Works

Lately I have been playing with paper shadow works. I am putting together a series of children making shadow theater on the wall. I went looking for some inspiration and found the remarkable book Hand Shadows to be Thrown Upon the Wall by Henry Bursill from 1859.

I am also blown away by the shadow puppetry in this video by Stephen Mushin. His website is



  1. Hi Elly, I popped over from flickr and I’m amazed to see you too have been inspired by Stephen’s work! I blogged about him recently too, as I have been working on shadow puppet related work. His work really is beautiful
    you can see my post here if you want to
    I would love to get my hands on that book you mentioned, I plan to take some b&w shadow puppet photos next
    great blog!

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