A catcher of shadows is a soul stealer whichever way you look at it.
Native Americans viewed photography like so many of the things that came from the modern world with suspicion, concern and a threat to their way of life. They thought of photography as something of a black magic.
Although photographers such as Edward S Curtis would ultimately become trusted to an extent by the native American peoples, these pioneering scientists and ethnologists were accused of 'catching shadows in a box of tricks', and 'stealing souls'.
This knowledge influences my photography and is also the inspiration to one of my poems.
I prowl the streets,
a catcher of shadows,
in a box of tricks.
I am a stroller,
a slow swagger.
'Un voyeur', they cry,
'un flâneur', a stern reply.