Beautiful Solitude


Traces of beauty exist everywhere around us. The scenes depicted in this series can be found just around the corner in all of our daily lives, there is no need to travel to an exotic location to find them. Many people however may not see the beauty in the ordinary, either being too busy, caught up in their daily hustle, or have simply just not spent the time looking to appreciate the details of everyday ordinary spaces and surrounds. Sometimes all we may need is the time and space - physical and emotional - to be able to pause to experience them. 


This series asks the viewer to stop for a few minutes and soak in the details that can go unseen in everyday life. While they contain the traces of people that have come before, it is the absence of anyone recognisable in the images that allows us to contemplate and appreciate the concept of beautiful solitude.


The series has evolved over the last 2-3 years and has coincided with a focus on mindfulness and mediation in my life. Nothing in any of the images was staged, and each of the scenes were found organically. The images are part of a broader series.


All images were photographed on medium format film, which I find to be an integral part of the creative process. Using film forces me to pre-visualise the image, and be more present in the scene that I am looking to document.

© 2020 Mark Forbes.
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