Kenopsia

kenopsia
n. the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet—a school hallway in the evening, an unlit office on a weekend, vacant fairgrounds—an emotional afterimage that makes it seem not just empty but hyper-empty, with a total population in the negative, who are so conspicuously absent they glow like neon signs.

-The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Jennifer Nichole Wells

Learn more about the six image narrative project here.

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8 thoughts on “Kenopsia”

  1. After I read the intro and the first image came into view I wasn’t sure who the artists was. As I looked at each image the idea behind this series was nearly overpowering. I was literally blown away. Their have been so many great 6 image narative projects already posted, but this is my favorite. I was pleased to see that you’re the artist behind this – great work Jennifer!

    1. Thank you so so much, Shelly. I am honored that you appreciate this series. I have other work I could have pulled from for this project, but as soon as I had a fully formed idea of this series in my head, I knew I had to use the option of this blog post to push me to actually create these. I’m very happy with how they turned out and I’ve come to love the words in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows as titles and mini artist statements for my images.

  2. This series of six is haunting, beautifully haunting. I only wish I’d read the definition after being transported by the images. These gorgeous shots would’ve taken me to a kenopsic (?) place without knowing the definition. Wonderful work Jennifer.

    1. Thank you so very much. I’m glad you were able to gain from these images the emotional response I intended. I’ll take that into note, and maybe if I post them elsewhere have the word and definition at the end of the series.

  3. These are amazing. Love that each one has a spotlight to shift your focus. I love the spot of blur in the next to last shot, as if I am looking into the interior of a house. Each time I look at these I see a new detail I missed before. Bravo.

    1. Thank you so very much. I’m so glad you appreciate the lighting and detail. This was one of those series and slowly but surely the pieces all came together in my head so I’m very glad you’ve picked up in those elements.

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