Mystery and Ambiguity
Facebook October 5, 2019
By David Samuel Robbins
Viewers generally expect a photograph to be an easily understood and quickly digested literal message about something happening in the world, a complete sentence unto itself.
Images that are intentionally ambiguous or “incomplete” invite the viewer to “finish the sentence” for themselves, to personalize their experience of the photograph by creating their own private narrative for it.
These images were made years apart and in several different countries, but they all share that common intention; to offer a pathway to a new experience, but to leave the destination deliberately undefined.
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