The Solitude Project
The Photography Gala Awards
Professional Section • "Open theme" category
12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award Exhibition
Women Photographers Today
Gallery Valid Foto, Barcelona, May 8-25, 2019
“Not all men are called to be hermits, but all men need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally. When that inner voice is not heard, when man cannot attain to the spiritual peace that comes from being perfectly at one with his true self, his life is always miserable and exhausting...” —Thomas Merton
In a world where we’ve never been so connected, we’ve also never been so disconnected... from others, from our surrounding, and from ourselves. Our dependence on noise, activity, entertainment keeps us in a state of chaos.
We are losing the ability to slow down, think and feel. We are so busy processing the information received from all directions that we don't have a time for that. Social interactions are important. They show us what we are, but only solitude can show us what we should be. Solitude and silence, are most intriguing and compelling spiritual disciplines. They also appear to be the hardest to come by in our crowded, noisy, modern world. They can seem out of reach to an average person. In truth, finding solitude and silence is possible, without having to retreat to a cloister. And far from being the privilege of the few, seeking these states is a responsibility of us all.
I want to inspire a viewer to seek that feeling of solitude and quiet interaction with a natural environment. My subjects appear as if time has stopped. They are absorbing the world around them without distractions. You can feel their relaxed content state even without seeing their faces. Another definition of the word “solitude” calls it a lonely unfrequented place with the absence of human activity. I’m also depicting that lonely unfrequented place as silence (which is often missing from our lives) and how we need to get back to it. I compose my images that a person seems to be too small for a frame. That negative space, you can call it emptiness, help to enhance the main idea and give a viewer a real sense of scale.