This picture is interesting because it depicts an absence in a way that does not immediately grab your attention. The absence sneaks up on you only after you scrutinize the building and figure out what kind of a room it is. In my case, I ended up with a somewhat incongruent experience of absence because I am not used to buildings of this type looking this way. So, my experience just keeps switching to a positive experience of the beautiful detail in the interior and the architecture.

I liked this picture because it shows how subtle absences of large objects may be. What are you seeing? Did it take you a while to see an absence or did you notice it immediately? Do you think it has to do with how the picture is taken (the angle or the perspective) or with the character of the building interior?

What’s missing?

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