Over the past year, Toronto photographers Shane Fester and Kevin Morris spent several weeks, hundreds of kilometres, and countless rolls of film taking in a different perspective of Southern Ontario. Photographing at a time when the emptiness of a space defines its physical presence, Fester and Morris examined the environment around them through a lens of voyeurism based on their collective experience in each location.
This is The Architecture of Empty, a completely new body of work to be released during the 2013 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival at Evergreen Brick Works, beginning May 1st.
Part architectural commentary, part economic narrative, the audience is invited into the spaces to acknowledge and explore the significant absence of human presence. In this way, the public will gain a new perspective on pedestrian public spaces which – normally – would be filled with an almost overwhelming collection of physical and sense-based activities, norms, and behaviours.