All beings seem to have emerged from non-being - a state of “pulseless blur” - that spreads further than time and space. This observer-relative realm of pure possibilities can be imagined in multiple ways and different meanings can be ascribed to it.
In capturing blank spaces and missing things I was trying to imbue the viewer with a sense of intimacy, such that invites introspection. I was also trying to remind the viewer how temporary everything is in existence. We intend to create something to manifest our actuality, but tomorrow can seize to exist too.
Looking back at these photographs, I realise that “In Absence” is my meditation on the notion of finiteness: the desire to concede, absorb and ultimately naturalise our closeness to nothingness.
Salar Niknafs 2016