The Space Between Thoughts

A Polaroid series about nature and meditation
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© Noemi Heidel | The Space Between Thoughts

Berlin-based German Fine Art Photographer Noemi Heidel has created a series of Polaroid photographs, captured between October 2019 and October 2020. Pictures were shot with a Polaroid SX-70 camera, using new Polaroid SX-70 film. The series The Space Between Thoughts is an expression of her approach to photography, that is strongly influenced by meditation and serenity of nature. The Space Between Thoughts celebrates the beauty of nature in an intimate and poetic way.

© Noemi Heidel | The Space Between Thoughts

What Noemi Heidel tells about The Space Between Thoughts:
As an only child, I used to spend a lot of time on my own, roaming around the Tuscan hills, by the nearby river, absorbed in the play of lights and shades, the sound of chirping crickets, the scent of wild herbs, daydreaming and creating my own little world. I remember a feeling of blissful oneness – as if time was standing still.

© Noemi Heidel | The Space Between Thoughts

Growing up, I always carried with me an undefined feeling of longing for a sublime state of mind that felt as if I was melting together with my surroundings - immersing myself in infinity. I suppose unconsciously, I was searching for this state of mind all the time, and I found it here and there in nature, love, meditation, and on the dance floor. And I also found it in Gernot Boehme’s perception theory, whereby the atmospheric, sensual experience that comes before the Cartesian separation between subject and object, when we’re still merged with our environment, stays at the beginning of all cognition.

© Noemi Heidel | The Space Between Thoughts

My photography is about overcoming the bridge between myself and my subject, grasping the magic in between. It’s about capturing fugitive moments of greatness and beauty, saving them from oblivion, enhancing their glow, and creating joy by sharing my art with others.

© Noemi Heidel | The Space Between Thoughts
Bio
I was born in Munich, Germany, in 1975, grew up in Italy, and now I live in Berlin. I started being a photographer in 2019. Before I have been working as a consultant in corporate publishing and content marketing for 15 years, developing content strategies and creating corporate media for brands and cultural institutions. I hold a university degree in cultural studies and Italian philology.

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