Nothing, and Near Nothingness Limited Edition Digital Prints by Tomas Koolhaas
"In the desert things that you normally wouldn't notice take on great significance."
The frame is of Tomas Koolhaas' father Rem Koolhaas in the desert in Doha, Qatar. The image is taken from Tomas Koolhaas' documentary film entitled REM. During interviews Tomas conducted, he asked his father not only about his philosophy in regards to his architectural work but, also, his wider thought processes as a human being. In the desert, Rem, told me that, "the landscapes in which he finds himself have a huge effect on what type of thoughts he has, and even his perception of reality." He (Rem) said "the 'nothingness of the desert' encourages more 'mystical' thought and, that "things become visible, and even extremely significant from hundreds of feet away that are barely noticeable from a matter of centimeters in the crowded over-stimulation of the urban condition."
The landscape orientation of the image is due to the inherently horizontal aspect ratio used by Tomas Koolhass' film to create a sense of scale and width. Many of the places shot by the Tomas for the film were flat landscapes such as the Dutch countryside, but also cities that surrounded Rem's buildings. It was important for Tomas not to capture just a vertical sliver of the city that contained Rem's building but, a broader sense of it's surroundings and how it relates to that context.