15 Inspiring Images Capturing Emptiness


From William Eggleston to Luigi Ghirri, emptiness has been a recurrent theme in photography, so today I wanted to give a special shout to silence itself. Humanity can be perceived even if it isn't there in the photographs.

Some of the following photographs have people but their presence is so minimal that it can only be noticed when looking at the photographs at a conscientious level.

So here are 15 beautiful and inspiring images capturing emptiness!

Photo by Federico Bottos
Photo by Wladislaw Peljuchno
Photo by Hans Eiskonen
Photo by Wilson Ye
Photo by Jamie Street

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Photo by Patrick Selin
Photo by Adlan
Photo by Iqx Azmi
Photo by Peter Lewicki
Photo by Simon Matzinger

Learning And Applying Advanced Composition Will Take Your Photographs To The Next Level

Advanced Composition – will ensure you create images that pop. You'll get more out of your photography and start taking images that will truly capture your creative vision. If you’d like to improve your composition skills and learn concepts that go beyond the ‘rule of thirds’, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition

In Kent Dufault's Advanced Composition, you'll discover advanced composition concepts such as:

  • Compression
  • Color Placement
  • Contrast Overlap
  • Rhythm
  • Color Wash
  • Texture
  • Stacking

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Photo by Philipp Berndt
Photo by Dhruv Deshmukh
Photo by Alex Alvarez
Photo by Glen Carrie
Photo by Todd Diemer

Further Learning:

We hope you've enjoyed this gallery of inspiring images capturing emptiness. If you are looking to improve your photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the ‘rule of thirds’, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition. With this guide, you will learn all about:

  • color
  • light
  • shadow
  • lines
  • curves
  • repetition
  • juxtaposition
  • anticipation
  • pre-visualization
  • timing

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About Author

Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, and is a University Professor in photography and research methodology. He's a scientist studying the social uses of photography in contemporary culture who writes about photography and develops documentary projects. Other activities Federico is involved in photography are curation, critique, education, mentoring, outreach and reviews. Get to know him better here.

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