A Photo Project

by Florence W Deems
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I'm working on a new project, gathering thoughts about trying to portray, not the solid objects-as-subjects, but the sense of space between those objects. The distances, the air, whatever.

In a photo forum I posted the image above, which I did not explain. I thought that the title, "The Space Between," plus the image itself would be explanation enough. There were some views, but no comments - and so I'm concluding that viewers just didn't "get it," - the sense of my abstract concept of the spaces in between objects.

But first, why pay attention to spaces in between objects? We all know that we can walk through this space with impunity, but we can't walk through a solid object. And so this is why we must pay attention to solid objects 99.999 per cent of the time. And this is also why we do not notice space depicted in images.

But this space contains the precious air that we must breathe to stay alive. This air, however, can contain water as vapor - little droplets that cause fog and mist and above us, the clouds. There also can be fine dust particles suspended in the air. And other pollutants in the form of various gases. This air can shove itself quite forcefully between solid objects, too, and then we can feel how strong such "empty" air can be.

So these are some of the reasons why I am proposing that we learn to pay attention to the spaces in between.

Along with the above explanation, below are some images that show my abstract concept better - I hope! Please click on the images to see a larger size.

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The image above is a 7-image panorama. I was trying to show the space between the chair I was standing beside and the table and chairs in the distance. The size difference should show the scale for a better indication of the distance. One of the tables by the lake at the Grounds for Scupture, Hamilton, NJ.

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The pair of images above go together. The bench back in the second image is the same as the bench shown in full in the first image. Also seen along the lake at the Grounds for Sculpture.

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The following images show spaces in between, but this abstract concept is well hidden, unless I point it out to people.

In the image above there is plenty of space. In fact, there's more cubic space in this scene than there is total cubic volume of all the objects! But we just don't normally pay attention to these spaces - yeah, I know, I'm abnormal!

When I came upon this scene, however, the first thing that struck me was the space between the two gals, plus all the space between all the trees and bushes. But how on earth to show this in a photograph? An image is worth a thousand words, so they say. But, the concept of spaces in between doesn't show very well, if at all, in an image, without a lengthy explanation. So here's an image that NEEDS a thousand words - IF I want viewers to pay attention to the SPACES! Image made in Callaway Gardens, near Pine Mountain, GA.

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Perhaps you're now wondering where the space in between is in this image above, and I can't say as I blame you. The space in between is between the surface of the water where the leaves are floating and the bottom of this shallow pool where the shadows of these leaves are cast. The only way to really show this via a camera is to get a waterproof camera or housing and suspend the camera so that the water's surface bisects the lens. Then we could see the above and the below and the space in between. But - I don't have a waterproof camera or housing. Perhaps some day. Part of an outdoor installation at the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ.

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One could say that the above image shows the space around, rather than the space in between. True, but I don't have a page with spaces around, so this one can fit here nicely, anyway. The biggest space in between is between my camera on the second floor balcony, and the sculpture of the chess set on the floor below. An installation at the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ.

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Here's another image that shows lots of spaces, around as well as in between. This is the lobby of The Mountain Creek Inn, near Pine Mountain, GA. (click on "Where to stay" in the top navigation bar)

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A very striking element for me in this image is the implied space/distance between us, the viewers, on the near shore of this lake and the chapel on the distant shore. A view of the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel in Callaway Gardens, near Pine Mountain, GA.

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Lots of spaces in between in this image: the space in between my camera and the sculpture, plus all the spaces in between that are implied by the window pane shadows on the floor. Also an installation at the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ.

And so I rest my case. Whether or not I try to pursue this abstract concept any further via images, only the future knows. Oh, yes, have I used a thousand words yet?

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