The Second Word: Empty

The second word that I want to see used when describing my images is “empty”. It has two meanings for me: “empty” as in “without man-made things, or people” but also “empty” as in, breaking the photographic “rule” that there should be a center of interest or a foreground subject.

Sunset with Marine Layer, Cardiff
The Hidden Sunset — Seaside State Beach, Cardiff By The Sea, California, United States

I picked this image because it illustrates both of these meanings. There are no people or man-made things in it (well, there’s the remainder of footprints in the sand, blurred and washed away by the waves). And it’s just a beach. There’s “nothing” in it, but a stretch of sand, ocean with waves rolling in (slightly blurred by the long exposure), the horizon, and a thick marine layer blocking the sunset. Which is plenty for me. But it’s empty. In a very, very good way.

I photograph things that I want to photograph. It’s not the most important thing to please an audience with it. The most important thing is to love what you’re doing, and do what is truly “you”. For me, making “empty” photographs is the essence of that.

In the gallery below are some more “empty” photographs:

5 Responses

    1. Letting the mind wander is a nice idea. Maybe that’s another aspect of the attractiveness of “empty” photos. Show less, imagine more… thanks for stopping by, Gheorghe!

  1. I agree but perhaps from a slightly different point of view. I believe that ultimately you are creating a rectangular object which as a whole is its own center of interest, so a good well composed picture doesn’t need an eye anchor (crutch?) if the picture as a whole does that.

    I like the photo a lot, it is very rich coloured and textured.

    1. Thanks once more John for your regular contributions to my posts – I really appreciate it. Your thoughts and your approach is, also once more, very intriguing. Yes, ultimately, the entire frame as a whole is its own center of interest. Very good!

  2. Empty of expectations….have we been so inundated with “proper” compositions that the simple beauty of the ocean and its reflected color no longer interests us?
    Yeah…keep breaking the “rules”

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