‘For my purposes, photography is extraordinarily important, because of its specific characteristics. In photography, the deletion of the space that surrounds the framed portion is as important for me as what is represented: it is thanks to this deletion that the image takes on meaning, becoming measurable. The image continues, of course, in the visible realm of the deleted space, inviting us to see the rest of reality that is not represented.
This double aspect of representing and deleting not only evokes the absence of limits, excluding every idea of completeness of finitude, but shows us something that cannot be delimited: reality itself.’
-Kodachrome -Introduction 1978

Through the introduction of his first book Kodachrome, Luigi Ghirri is leading us into his spiritual world as a photographer. Fascinated by his unique comprehension of photography, I have read this chapter several times just to get a full understanding of what he expressed between the lines.  It feels like he was showing me a map that would help me get to the destination, but something on it is still missing. I suppose the missing part of the map would be the rethinking towards photography by myself. With it, I may finally procure the complete understanding of the chapter and refresh my comprehension of photography.

Being a photographer, taking photos is like picking out something interesting or sparkling from my entire vision of the outside world. Not all, but most of the time I will put my attention to the limited space of the viewfinder attached to my camera, since I believed if something worth being noticed by the viewers, it should be represented within the frame. So even when I was in the role as a viewer, my interpretation of images would merely happen inside the border of the frame, or behind the frame. But Ghirri offers me a new way to look at images, a way that I had never thought of before – to see the rest of reality through deleted space, as it weighs as much as what is represented in the frame.

Photographs, as Ghirris words, are inviting us to explore the reality, with both the visible part and the deleted space. And his work in this photo book also visualized the view. By framing the photographs with a unique gaze, he successfully draws my attention to the place that I had never been aware of – the deleted space that surrounds the framed portion. Through the way of uniting the represented part and deleted part of images as a whole, my vision now gets freed from the limited space of the frame. The altering of my field of vision refreshes my comprehension of photography, and it allows me to re-recognize everything in front of me, in the role as a photographer or a viewer.