Almost No Memory: A Photo Essay
A photo essay by Nadia Rompas
Text by Rain Chudori
For us to deem a work of architecture elegant, it is hence not enough that it look simple: we must feel that the simplicity it displays has been hard won, that it flows from the resolution of demanding technical or natural predicament. We admire starkly simple works that we intuit would, without immense effort, have appeared very complicated.”
––Alain De Botton, Architecture Of Happiness
Architecture relies on memory. Every structure contains the memories of those who created it, those who built it, those who occupy it, and those who move through it. Every soul that passes through a building have, in some way or another, imprinted themselves on the memory of a structure. However, we may not be able to see the fingerprints on the window or the footprints on the marble floor because we erase any evidence that we exist. This is the way we control our landscape and this is how we emerge with almost no memory of ourselves. This is the way our landscape remains pristine.
We feel the simplicity of a structure through the minimalistic approach in its presence, in its way of drawing us towards it by utilising a balance between bold and quiet, and most of all, in its immaculateness. Even if the desire to cleanse these structures, and hence, cleanse our memories seems to be irresistible, there are ways to preserve our imprints. One of which, is photography.
In this photo series, Nadia Rompas explores the structures that she has imprinted on, and consequently, her memories that exists within it. We may not hear how her steps echo on the floor, we may not see her shadow graze the wall, we may not feel the sunlight streaming through the window and upon her skin, but we understand that it has. And this is the way we too, remain pristine.
Nadia Rompas is a writer and photographer.
She studies communications and humanities at York University, Toronto. She has worked for Toronto International Film Festival, Exclaim! Magazine, Artichoke Magazine, The Zine Is Dead, and CHRY 105.5FM. Her works have featured on The Creator Class and Pages Digital. She can be contacted through instagram, website and email.