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Elevators offer us one of the strangest experiences in modern society: we are enclosed together in a small space, occupying a physical intimacy often outside our comfort level, and we do our best to avoid interaction or contact for the duration of the ride. These shared moments are seen as something to be escaped, rather than engaged with. In Void, Dutch photographer Dirk Hardy approaches the subject of being in an elevator as a stage, placing actors and lighting into an artificial setting to recreate the phenomenon of public isolation we understand so readily. Hardy zooms in on an individual’s expression while caught in a crowd, and pulls out to show the body language of disengagement or a quiet moment of contemplation when finding oneself suddenly alone. Through the micro-theatre of Void, lost moments reclaim significance.


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