The world is your image and it is only as good as you choose to see it.
A photo can be as simple as you see the world or it can be as complex as you the world. Not everything occurs according to a plan; not everything is tied to mathematical formula or to a scientific law. And, even if that's the case, aren't all these laws & formulas man-made?
Why do we only rarely think out of the box? We tend to say that with the aid of technology we advance more rapidly every decade comparing the prior periods. But what about real break-throughs? How often do they occur? Only once in a while when someone denies all set rules, common ways and defined formulas... Only when someone has the courage to deviate all existing believes...
Shadows... If you take your photos under sun, then you have to deal with them. Or do you really? Maybe your real problem is your definition about the shadow. Maybe a shadow is a reflection. Are you one of those who thing that a shadow cannot exist without a real object exposed to a light. What if it's vice versa? What if an object cannot exist if there is no shadow.
What you see is what you get, but there are more than what you can feel with your sensory instruments. That's why each of us are gifted with a brain to subjectivly interpret the information from our sensory instruments and deviate the truth to our tastes. Honor the shadows; do use them... Then you'll see the world is much more different than you'll ever imagined.