Ontological shift that occurs when documenting objects with light-sensitive photographic materials -

Empty Cabinet


The camera obscura, if transformed into an analogy of seventeenth-century empiricist John Locke's concept of the mind, is a carrier of information external to itself. The apparatus is a model for empirical observation while simultaneously harnessing the romance of natural occurring phenomena through technology. This theoretical paradox is embodied in photography's conception during the nineteenth century.

Empty Cabinet, HD video with sound, 3:00, 2010