A New Nothing – Boru O’Brien O’Connell and Harrison Haynes


Wavepool – How have you approached the idea of having an image-based conversation?

Boru O’Brien O’Connell – As an exercise, I think. A pretext to bounce ideas off of a different surface.

Harrison Haynes – Boru and I were interested in a dialog that comes out of our mutual interest in objects and still life photography. Other than that we left it pretty wide open.



Wavepool – If you were to compare your exchange to one that is spoken, how would you describe it?

Boru O’Brien O’Connell – Laconic and slow.

Harrison Haynes – Slower, of course. The beats between our calls and responses are pretty lengthy. It would be weird and really funny if in a spoken exchange each of us waited several days before responding.



Wavepool – What have you taken away from the process?

Boru O’Brien O’Connell – Having sketches/images that serve a more serialized end has been a nice way to re-approach photography, and also in a highly punctuated way with another person. It feels a bit like an incubator or a cut-up for something broader.

Harrison Haynes – I’m encouraged by the generosity inherent in Ben and Nat’s efforts to put this together. It’s also been a great way to collaborate with Boru, a friend who I don’t get to see that often.


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