The odd cropping of this image appears to be accidental, a failed amateur snapshot. However, Munch’s shadow renders this a kind of poetic self-representation in which both artist and models are present but also playfully hidden in plain sight. Photographic manuals warned amateurs not to place their bodies between the sun and their subject as the accidental shadow could spoil the picture. Munch seems to have relished such a “flaw” as it appears frequently in his photography just as it served as an expressive element in his paintings and graphic work. The disembodied shadow would become a mainstay of vanguard photography of the 1920s and thereafter.