Photographing emptiness


You can’t photograph nothing. All black or all white is something; it’s framed, signifying.

There’s a strong sense of emptiness in knowing that people use these pictured things, walk this way sometimes, or may soon again. The lack is stronger for being nearer. It’s an opposite to utter desolation, which is also an emptiness. Where there may be little sense of movement in a desolate scene, the only-just-empty would more likely betray a purpose, a history.

This is the kernel for a series. There’s a set on flickr.

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Posted on May 30, 2010

One Response to “Photographing emptiness”

  1. Drew says:

    “Photography helps us filter the impact of the subject.”
    Jean Baudrillard, ‘Photography, Or The Writing Of Light‘ (trans. Francois Debrix, Ctheory, 2000)

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