The Void We Leave

PhotographerOded Wagenstein
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

How does it feel to get older? What do we leave here as we depart from this world? Why am I so obsessed with these question? A chance encounter in the year of 2014, led me to meet the members of an aging community, living in a crumbly apartment complex in the town of Cienfuegos, in central Cuba. Although approximately sixty years of age separate us, we created a bond, and I returned to visit them few times per year since then, witnessing them as their country was drastically changing around them. The photo-taking was just a small fraction of the time we spent, I helped carry groceries; we saw Telenovelas together, and mainly, despite a language barrier, we talked. We talked about our fears as Delphin (seen in picture 2) once told me: "There is no more time for dreams to fulfill, places to visit, soon I will leave. Leaving behind only the void between the walls." Most of the people in this project are no longer alive. Today I understand the urge I had to take their portrait in the first place. I was hoping that the camera, with its remarkable ability to freeze time, can help me to remember them. A small win in a hopeless war against aging and time.

About Photographer

Oded Wagenstein – Cultures photographer, lecturer and author. His work has been published in numerous international publications, such as the National Geographic (US, Italy, Israel), BBC (UK) and Time Out (Israel). He his also a contributing photographer for Getty images and a regular contributor for the Israeli editions of National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler. The author of three photography books, a senior lecturer at the Galtiz photography school institute and graduated from the Faculty of Arts: Film and TV (with expertise in Cinematography) and the Faculty of Social Science: Anthropology (with expertise in Anthropology).