11-12-09 (Purgatory -3)

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UploadedNovember 17, 2009
TakenNovember 13, 2009
Exposure1/80 sec at f/1.9
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The Roman Catholic Church defines Purgatory as “a state in which the souls of those who have died in grace must expiate their sins”. In other words these souls are spared the fires of hell, but they are excluded from Paradise. What resonates with me about this notion is not the need for expiation, but rather the concept of a place that is neither here nor there - a place that, in effect, is nowhere. Similarly the spaces in these images are ones that we only occupy in transit, no one stays or truly "inhabits" them. As Llorenç Rosanes puts it, these are “spaces lacking in emotion and memory”. When people are not occupying them for the transitory purposes they’re designed for, they feel as though energy has stopped radiating in and from them, as though time there has slowly ground to a halt and congealed altogether.

Ricoh GRIII in square format setting, Lightroom 3 Beta RAW processing

17 responses

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell said (17 Nov 2009):

    Feels isolated.....

  • Kevin House

    Kevin House gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    Been there, ate all the candy. Nice isolationism.

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    Excellent composition, the distance between dish and chair are at a perfect length to offer the feel of isolation stated above. Perfect title!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    Now this definitely gives one the feel of Purgatory!

  • Thomas Hilly

    Thomas Hilly (Deleted) gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    Excellentes ces 3 dernieres photos !!!!!!!

  • Benoît Chailleux

    Benoît Chailleux gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    Superbe cette serie de chaises vides !

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    Great shot, looks like an inquisition.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    Instant fave

  • Lori D'Ambrosio

    Lori D'Ambrosio gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    great title, love the sense of claustraphobia I feel when I look at it.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    ....well. you are Alexis ~ !

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (18 Nov 2009):

    Super little series, this is not my fav yet I think of the three it best suits the title..

  • Michael Risenhoover

    Michael Risenhoover (Deleted) gave props (18 Nov 2009):

    Excellent!!!! Did you survive your conference Alexis?

  • dana io

    dana io gave props (18 Nov 2009):

    simple, effective, wonderful!

  • Daisy Kyle

    Daisy Kyle said (18 Nov 2009):

    brillant use of empty space

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (21 Nov 2009):

    Beautiful composition and tones!

  • Dominic Kite

    Dominic Kite gave props (24 Nov 2009):

    Urban melancholy? A mood nicely captured.

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (29 Nov 2009):

    Perfetta Alexis!!

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