The sound of silence: Is it that pause between thoughts?

The hustle and bustle of the city rattles my soul, deep inside. Vapid conversations, incessant honkers on the roads, banter, tv, movies, rock shows… I have so much going on in my ears and mind, that sometimes I can’t find a door to slam it all shut. Enough to have me reaching out to the closest holiday booking site on my browser.

Most of us seem to want to escape into silence by getting away from the familiar into the unfamiliar. Silence has that enigmatic charm that draws me into its depths from time to time. So, is silence a mind thing? Sometimes when you’re fully immersed in your thoughts you don’t hear a thing, like when asleep or day dreaming. You may have been accused of being deaf by a dear one. Does that make silence a hidden experience in the web of noise we’re surrounded by, easy for us to tap into if we will ourselves to? Or is silence that void we saw in the movie Gravity; that unending, interstellar, intergalactic space of silence, which is only possible if you own a spaceship?

I find silence in photography. I like to depict that silence through post processing my images. I do it very silently. The sounds of the schoolchildren reciting their prayers or screaming at lunch break recede into the background. There is something meditative in that silence. For me silence is comparable to space and emptiness, it’s what helps me stay connected to the rest of the world.

This is a set of pictures I shot sometime ago in a place called 7th mile, Ooty. A certain sense of silence I thought.

Silence has a shade of darkness for me. Its the space where you search for light.

Silence has a shade of darkness for me. It’s the space where you search for light.

Rolling hiills, meadows and the country life in general have plenty of space to invoke the sound of silence, in most of us.

Rolling hills, meadows and the country life in general have plenty of space to invoke the sound of silence, in most of us.

Out in the open, I don't hear the rain, I see it. Silence has a romantic appeal in vast stretches of pastoral land.

Out in the open, I don’t hear the rain, I see it. Silence has a romantic appeal in vast stretches of pastoral land.

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About shabnamphoto

I'm a graphic artist with a passion for photography. I like to tell a story with my pictures. Sometimes a picture may speak on its own and at other times it may need an explanation. I'm intrigued by the ordinariness of life and enjoy documenting my life in the light and shadow of what surrounds me. Be it people, landscape, flowers, architecture or birds, the camera helps me see what I wouldn't with my naked eye.
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14 Responses to The sound of silence: Is it that pause between thoughts?

  1. Are these shot with a phone? The quality is grainy, but the photos still have some charm to them.

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    • shabnamphoto says:

      Nope these are shot on my Nikon Dslr and post processed in photoshop, the grain is partly the long exposure on an open aperture and a soft drizzle that had enveloped the entire landscape. Thanks for the comment 🙂

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  2. I am particularly touched by these words of yours “Silence has a shade of darkness for me. It’s the space where you search for light.”

    I am still looking for the light.

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  3. These are beautiful and in the silence still say so much!
    well done!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    This is the silence that speaks so much….speaks to me of the vastness of the Universe, the layers of illusion veiling that which we’re in search of….

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  5. Very nice photography, Shabnam.

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