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.


  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!

    • 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. brett_wilson

    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.

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