And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silencePaul Simon
How do you photograph silence? Photographing a sound seems challenging enough, being invisible; but the absence of sound even more so.
Searching for photos to meet Terri’s Sunday Stills brief, I realised I was being drawn to images with the absence of other things. No people, no animals, no movement. These absences became proxies for the absence of that invisible sound. And when people or animals did sneak into the image, they only served to emphasise the silence around them.
Many of these were taken, perhaps unsurprisingly, early or late in the day. Others were taken in places where few other people go, or at least where few were present at that time. Some you will have seen here before but hopefully many will be new to you.
See what you think. Do these photos speak to you of silence? Are there better, or different, ways to represent silence through photography?
Sunrise over the Chobe River, Botswana
Dawn over the valley near Bevagna, Umbria
Early morning in Wahiba Sands, Oman
Early morning at Mandina Lodges, Gambia
Morning coffee at Mandina Lodges, Gambia
Early morning on the beach by Lake Crescent Lodge, Olympic NP, WA
Early morning mist in Bardia NP, Nepal
Path through the Hoh Rainforest, WA
Stained glass window in St Mary’s Church, Wylye, Wiltshire
Paddling in a mokoro, late afternoon in the Okavanga Delta, Botswana
(the only shot in this set to feature any people)
Near Dyrholaey on Iceland’s south coast
Sunset in Tallinn, Estonia
(the only shot in this set taken in a town, perhaps unsurprisingly)
Sunset from Lagarta Lodge, Costa Rica
Sunset from our terrace at Senda Monteverde, Costa Rica
Moon setting, Lagarta Lodge, Costa Rica
(my feature photo was taken shortly after this one).
We had been woken at 4.00 AM by the light shining straight into our room, grabbed our cameras and went out on to the terrace. I paid for it later with a nice collection of insect bites but it was so worth it!