The void we leave:

An ongoing personal project where I seek to use the photographic medium to confront one of my greatest fears: fear of the almost impossible thought that one day I will not be here anymore.
In 2014, a chance encounter led me to meet the members of an aging community, living in a crumbling apartment complex in the town of Cienfuegos, in Cuba. Although approximately sixty years of age separated us, we bonded almost immediately. I returned to visit them few times per year since; I helped carry groceries, we watched telenovelas together, and mainly, despite a language barrier, we talked. We talked about our fear of purposelessness, as Delphin (seen in picture 3) told me once: “There is no more time for dreams to fulfill, places to visit, soon I will leave, leaving behind only the void between these walls.”
On subsequent visits, I returned to find empty apartments and walls. Those walls witnessed an entire life: relationships, birthdays, joy and sadness. Now, they stand with a void between them.Soon, the government will lodge new tenants in the apartments. The walls will be painted again, and they too eventually will become another layer of paint.
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 felt that the camera, with its remarkable ability to freeze time, will help me remember them until one day, I too will become just a void between walls.
The void we leave by oded wagensteinodedwagen