Empty Cabinet is a collection of views seen on the ground glass of a view camera. The title is adapted from a passage written by seventeenth-century empiricist John Locke on the topic of human understanding. The camera obscura, if transformed into an analogy of Locke's concept of the mind, is a carrier of information external to itself. The apparatus is a model for empirical observation while simultaneously harnessing the romance of natural occurring phenomena through technology. This theoretical paradox is embodied in photography's conception during the nineteenth century.