“We should therefore have to say how we inhabit our vital space, in accord with all
the dialectics of life, how we take root, day after day, in a ‘corner of the world.’”
-Gaston Bachelard, Poetics of Space
a moment for silence is a photography series focused on public architectural spaces uninhabited by people. Somewhere one could go to sit and decompress, meditate, or just be. The space in the photographs are isolated and framed to invite the viewer to occupy the space themselves. The title of each photograph is the address in which the photograph was taken so the viewer may enjoy the space as well.
The photographs all feature a place for the visitor to sit and be, it was important to have that space to breath and enjoy the calm surroundings, which is why I included the time of day the photograph was made so that the viewer might find that same setting if they were to visit the same location at that same time.
These black and white images are displayed at six feet tall and four feet wide as a way to make the viewer feel as if they could step into the space. Black and white was chosen so the viewer focuses on the space within the photograph, instead of the colors of the rooms, or other possible distractions that different lighting situations could cause.
Influences come from Uta Barth’s series titled, ...and of time, made in 2000, as well as the book The Quiet Hours by Mark Melman. The final form of this series is a book made from these photographs. All photographs were shot in the Twin Cities area.