Empty

April 1, 2016

BW photograph of an empty parking garage.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

According to Merriam-Webster’s Pocket Dictionary, “empty” means: containing nothing; not occupied; lacking value, sense, or purpose.  Which of these definitions fit the photographs herein?

BW photograph of a mostly empty boarding gate at BWI.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Depending on the approach and interpretation, any of those meanings could work as a descriptor, including when making a judgment about the actual photographs.  One could certainly conclude that they “lack value”, especially if they do not fit one’s aesthetic.  It is important, though, to be clear about one’s intent when using the word empty.  For example, both photographs (mostly) display a lack of people and are therefore “not occupied”.  However, it might be harder to argue that the structures are “lacking a purpose”.

The point of making the photographs was to create a sense of emptiness, as in “containing nothing”.   There is something haunting about experiencing such openness when airports and parking garages are usually teeming with humanity.

Take care.

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