Preview: The Wide Open Spaces of Infinite Darkness

This is not one of the images in the series that some people may be aware I’ve been working on, The Wide Open Spaces of Infinite Darkness, but it is the precursor to that series, made near Beauly in Scotland on a trip with Mike Colechin in March this year:

Introductory image - The Wide Open Spaces of Infinite Darkness

Introductory image – The Wide Open Spaces of Infinite Darkness

It was made with a large format camera (the series itself is made with a Nikon 35mm camera). It is a negative image, both in terms of what I see it communicating, and the fact that it really is the negative image (i.e. not reversed from the film).

I will upload the series to the page shortly (at the moment, there is just this introductory image on the page, with a short text). Every other image in the series is made using the same lens (28mm) and though shutter speeds change (generally they are very slow), the aperture is kept at f2.8 (wide open…) and the focus is always set to infinity and mostly shot at night (infinite darkness…). Everything about this series is both literal and figurative…

(And if you still think photographs represent some kind of documentary evidence, here’s Mike Colechin’s image of exactly the same bit of ground, made maybe half an hour earlier…)

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3 thoughts on “Preview: The Wide Open Spaces of Infinite Darkness

  1. Rajalakshmi Nadadur Kannan

    Thank you for posting this evocative image. Initially, I found this image to be rather disturbing- the ruptures and wrinkles signified some discomfort, uneasiness. Reading the accompanying text, of course, makes this apparent. Repeatedly looking at the image does not make these ruptures and wrinkles any easier to look at. However, moving towards the darkness, I found that part of the image rather soothing. Of course, there is darkness, but it is smooth, more easily perceivable than the first half of the image, a sign of relief.

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