J.G. Ballard, arch-connoisseur of shifting ontologies, remarked more than once how he came to see reality as ‘a stage set … that could be dismantled overnight’. If reality can be dismantled, it can also be constructed and this is what Nick Brandt accomplishes in his latest project, as seen in the splendid book of that title, This Empty World, published by Thames & Hudson. The photographs are composites of two scenes occupying the same physical space – a small area of Maasai land in Kenya – but ones which never existed at the same moment in time. The work followed […]
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