NIGEL BALDACCHINO - STILL LIFE/ GUEST
' Still Life is an ongoing body of work dedicated to capturing the life of the space in between. the work visits thresholds – hard boundaries and soft edges, liminal spaces, urban areas, towns, villages, and countries.The photographs are shot in places often defined by the perimeters of others, places consequentially pregnant with a negative spatial identity. More often than not, such places enjoy a powerful, enduring placidity. Given that the medium bestows stillness to spaces and situations by its very nature, photographing them feels natural.they are beacons of neutrality and their anonymity occurs to me as anything but menacing.these places do not seem to demand much of my doing them justice, nor am I permitted to expect anything from them in return. Such is the sense of void which they conjure, that I immediately feel like a welcome intrusion. The threshold spaces presented here, from streams to extended road kerbs and small patches of green, carry a distinct sense of national character. And yet there seems to be a common presence to them all, some form of intangible spirit, not unlike music, of which they all partake.
The photographs in this series were taken in Rome (Italy), Kovilj (Serbia) and Malta.