Photographs of Nothing

I’m currently reading a book called “The Art of Seeing”. It talks about the preconceptions we all have in regards to what we think we’re supposed to photograph, what we think a proper subject is. We frequently take pictures of beaches, flowers, friends, sunsets, etc. because we have seen pictures of those pleasant things in magazines and advertisements. The author asks:

Have you ever taken a picture in your bathroom? At the supermarket? At work? . . . . Have you ever photographed a shoe? A beer bottle? The stem of the flower but not the flower? Do you only photograph only pretty things like flowers and waterfalls?

No, no, no, and yes to the last question. Well, most times. Occasionally, I see something mundane or odd that I look over because it doesn’t seem photo-worthy. Well, this idea of something being “photo-worthy” is what this book is trying to get the reader to challenge. Here are some of my photos that fit this bill:

Tree Stump in Trang, Thailand / Nikon N8008 / Fujifilm C200

I have no idea how this happened, but there was a tree stump along with it’s roots in the middle of the beach. It couldn’t have grow there because it’s behind the high tide line.

Palm Frond / Nikon N8008 / Fujifilm C200

I actually don’t know if this is a even a palm frond. It looked more like an alien being washed ashore. Rotting alien corpse or palm frond, it made for a cool subject.

Screws at f1.4 / Nikon N8008 / Fujifilm C200

I shot this to try to capture the thin depth-of-field I could get from my (then) brand new 50mm f/1.4. Came out with a pretty cool photo despite being a photo of screws.

Control Panel / Nikon N8008 / Fujifilm C200

Took a shot of this bare wall in the remains of a house in Khanom, Thailand.

Derelict Home / Nikon N8008 / Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400

Living Room Wall / Nikon F4 / Kodak Ultramax 400

Moss / Nikon F4 / Kodak Ultramax 400

Birds / Nikon F4 / Kodak Ultramax 400


About Jeeheon

Hello. I'm from Boston. I like photography, jamming, nature, and traveling.
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10 Responses to Photographs of Nothing

  1. Idle Emma says:

    Some lovely photos. I love the one of the derelict house, and the screws are fascinating for something so simple. I do love taking photos of things that most people don’t think of as being photo worthy and it’s a pleasure to see your photos. =]

  2. Elisa's Spot says:

    I love the book The Art of Seeing Things by John Burroughs!

  3. I LOVE that pic of the screws. Such a ‘normal’ thing to photograph in the sense of it being an everyday object, but that picture is breathtaking! Also love the pic of the birds on the wire. So simple and poignant. Very meditative. Really glad you commented on my blog cause now I’ve found yours! Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. nessavay says:

    I love the screws and the driftwood. These are all lovely shots though. Keep looking! You’re doing great. And don’t worry about looking like you are trying to be artistic… own it! You are artistic! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jeeheon says:

    thats actually not the one i was reading but i looked it up and it looked interesting, i think im going to try to find a copy

  6. Jeeheon says:

    thanks! following yours as well, i can really relate to your posts regarding dharma

  7. Jeeheon says:

    thanks! love the photos on your blog, looking forward to more

  8. Thank you very much for visiting my blog and leaving such a thoughtful comment. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for the Pema Chodron title you suggested. Your photots are beautiful. I love the perspective on “Screws” and there is definitely beauty in “Derelict Home.”

  9. Jeeheon says:

    no prob and thanks!

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