The space in-between: Reflections of a passenger

Continuing on a theme, which I first blogged about here on photographing the spaces in-between; I thought I would share with you some pictures from a project I did for my MA. I am copying and pasting the pictures, and the introduction to the book as I wrote it (almost 7 years ago now!), although there is probably much I would change now.

These images are all taken on car journeys, through the windscreen or passenger window, whilst travelling on various motorways up and down the UK. They are very low quality I’m afraid as I can’t find the original disc (they were scanned from transparency film) so I took them from the book proof pdf.

The intimate is not a space but a relationship between spaces.

Beatriz Colomina

The space in-between is a space between here and there, between dreams and waking.

It is invisible; a kind of nowhere, somewhere, anywhere… a place which harbours our daydreams.

Through these narrow chinks new possibilities emerge to dazzle the eye like sunlight glimpsing through a cracked wall, and we can dream a different story, or imagine another journey which our fate does not follow for a fleeting, precious instant.

These intimate, indulgent moments in which we (if only temporarily) dwell, offer us shelter, escape, hope, despair, contentment and yearning.

These images chart a period of being a passenger; of frequent journeys I have made, places I have been transported to and daydreams I have had along-the-way.

As the window frame fills with transient scenes I freeze them in an instant, drink them up greedily, and then erase them with one click of the camera shutter. Now they are mine.

Blurred by my eye, they become something other, these non-landscapes of my journeys; not here, not there, not quite anywhere. But they are stored forever in my dreams.

The quote is from Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media by Beatriz Colomina

© Emily Hughes and searchingtosee, 2012

13 Comments on “The space in-between: Reflections of a passenger

  1. Ah…I love your light painting!!! That last photo is especially striking, too. I kind of like the low-res…it adds a certain quiet blue quality. xo

  2. Another batch of fantastic pictures!

    I love photographs that make light “streak.” I have to learn how to do that! 🙂

    • Thanks!
      It’s not that hard to do, you just need a bit of patience and a tripod ideally, or somewhere to rest your camera, and a long exposure.

    • thanks! I did think about extending the project… maybe I’ll go back to it one day. I still like taking travelling pictures though there is something addictive about it

  3. Oh, I just love these Emily..the space in between – my favourite space..

  4. These are really very delightful images. Love the first one especially, the motion blur and the static white-barked tree – it’s almost as if the tree is looking back at me (the viewer). These spaces are very much “inbetween” – to the traveller in the car they could be considered “non-places” – the areas between point A and B. I remember, as a young teenager, looking forward to taking a trip somewhere in my parents car, the longer the better, just to be able to gaze out of the window and view those short-lived backdrops flit by – on many occasions the journey was more fulfilling than the final destination!
    I’m also reminded of a photo-book I recently saw in the local library by Linda McCartney. Most of the photos were taken through car windows as she travelled here and there – fascinating images, as are yours.
    Thanks for the thought-provoking post!

    • oh I haven’t seen those. I will have to check them out. Have you read non places by Marc Augé? It was one of the theory texts I based my ideas about in-between spaces on. Really interesting read. Thanks for your comments!

      • How strange, yes I have dipped into Non-Places. I can see it as I write this! It’s been a while, but it’s on my “to re-read” list!

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