An Ode to Negative Space


I am a dreamer. An artist. A mother. A reader. A wanderer. And a lover of negative space.

Negative space is the area around the subject in an artwork. And to me, it is just as important as the subject itself. Maybe it’s more important.

Negative space can make or break a work of art. It defines the mood… provides a sense of place… enhances or competes with the subject. When I shoot, negative space is always on my mind.

Aspen Leaf on Marble

Sometimes, I’m looking for a secondary point of interest. A companion for my subject… an element that will sing quiet harmony.


Sometimes, I want to create a mood. Fresh green for a springtime photograph, or deep blues for a moody seascape.


Sometimes, I want subtle texture and tone. Smooth, shifting colors and scattered light.

Once in a Lifetime

I always want to create a moment of serenity in a chaotic world. Just a little bit of peace. Because the quiet is just as important as the noise.Maybe it’s more important.


About Author Varina Patel

There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.