By Katy Cowan
Oh the pain and embarrassment of an elevator. Where do you look? What do you do with your hands? All you can do is stare at the wall or floor, keep silent, avoid eye contact with anyone and take the moment to reflect on your life. This is the exact sentiment that Dutch photographer Dirk Hardy explores and tries to recreate in his deeply moving series Void.
Focusing on New York City where there are sixty thousand elevators, Dirk points out that together, these elevators make eleven billion trips a year, which comes down to thirty million trips a day. At this moment, over twenty thousand invisible moments are about to be lost in time and space. Dirk imagines these moments by recreating them in staged scenes.
Now available in a beautiful photo book, Void follows the same theme as most of Dirk’s work, which is curious and suggestive, and explores the complexity of human nature.
A graduate of the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, Dirk’s staged photographic images aim to challenge the viewer to slowly break through the stylised surface and connect with the narrative and often critical elements in his works. To discover more, visit www.dirkhardy.com.
Via direct submission | All images courtesy of Dirk Hardy