Seeing without understanding. It’s a goal of mine for this year. If that doesn’t make sense, that’s okay, it shouldn’t.
Not the most inspiring time of the year, as photography goes. A little light before and after the work day, a time for subsistence. But I’m slowly working through this batch of Kodak Ektachrome 64 film I have, way past expiry date. It seems a luxury to be shooting such grand old film on the mundane and grim places I find myself haunting, grimmer still in this month. Drive by shootings, I call them. Ironically the scenes that most capture my attention, draw me in and convey something to me.
There’s something empty here I’m looking for. More accurately – looking to cultivate an appreciation for emptiness.
My thesaurus, Roget, doesn’t think much of the word empty. He suggests I try vacant, meaningless, ineffective, vain, ignorant, baseless. That’s rather rough. I want none of that. I want lucid, essential, unburdened. I guess Roget prefers words that are stuffed to the seams with meanings, I mean he is a thesaurus…
I suppose some clever and twisty artspeak would explain it all better, but I don’t need that, not for now. For now I’ll just keep haunting. See what I can scare up.
All shots taken with a Mamiya 7 II camera on Kodak Ektachrome 64 film.