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.
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: