Perpetual Transitions: A Communication between Photography and Absence within the Spatial Experience of the Ruin

In: Intervening Spaces

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Abstract

Perpetual Transitions is a practice-based research project that investigates how absence is observed through the spatial experience of the architectural ruin and the communication of that experience through the medium of photography. It is addressed through an experiential study and photographic response to the Georgian ruin of Nettleham Hall, England. The word ruin has its origins from the notion of ‘falling or fallen stones.’ In this context, ruins are seen as the fragmented remains of man-made architecture. In experiencing the ruin of Nettleham Hall within its present state, absence has the capacity to embody lived space and ephemerality of the ruin. The photographic response as an experiential inquiry is key to the communication of absence and the phenomenologically experienced ruin. The capacity of photography to communicate time, duration and the ephemeral mediates a visual trace and expression of the felt experience of absence. My questions of how is absence felt and experienced within the ruin, and how does one communicate absence through photography, seek to connect and then transfer the felt experience of the ruin into an art piece that addresses absence and spatial experience.