I wonder about mass, and, specifically, the space that exists between mass.

More than that, though, I recognize that there is no absolute context and vocabulary with which to discuss this wonder, to identify this emptiness, to question this void. We cannot define what is not; we only define what is.

Photography provides, in essence, a documentation of the void. The process of capturing images relies on the movement of photons across some distance, which leave an imprint on a prepared surface as evidence of that space. However, this cannot provide answers; this is only a response to the asking of questions.

I find myself asking questions of the void, sometimes shouting desperately at the emptiness, often demanding replies to resolve all of the issues created by the collective human need for delineations and organizations of a measurable reality. The answers never come; what I find often creates more problems than if I had never asked to begin with. This never dissuades me.

The camera's ability to capture a void space and render it into a static object provides a sense of power, even if I know the fallacies of relying on that power. I make photographs that remind us of the emptiness between masses, that the space between people, barriers, ideals, and messages contain just as much information, if not more, than the positive masses we can easily discuss. The void has a weight and a structure to it, a meaning that we've ascribed to it by virtue of identifying the things that already exist.

I don't know what happens with this evidence; I just know that it's important to make it.

07 July 2014

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