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Empty Collection

Emptiness echoes through time, capturing the essence of solitude and nostalgia

Background imageEmpty Collection: John Mills in Ice Cold In Alex (1958)

John Mills in Ice Cold In Alex (1958)
A portrait of John Mills as Captain Anson from Jack Lee Thompsons classic war film Ice Cold In Alex

Background imageEmpty Collection: Pyramid and Great Sphinx in Giza, Egypt

Pyramid and Great Sphinx in Giza, Egypt

Background imageEmpty Collection: Streatham Hill 1950S

Streatham Hill 1950S
Elevated view of Streatham Hill, showing a relatively traffic-free road, with only a few cars and trams

Background imageEmpty Collection: Stamford Bridge View

Stamford Bridge View
Stamford Bridge pre-dates Chelsea Football Club by more than a quarter of a century. It opened on 28 April 1877 as an athletics venue

Background imageEmpty Collection: North Shore, Lake Superior, 1927 (oil on canvas)

North Shore, Lake Superior, 1927 (oil on canvas)
995997 North Shore, Lake Superior, 1927 (oil on canvas) by Carmichael, Franklin (1890-1945); 102.8x122.5 cm; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Background imageEmpty Collection: Stables of Sidcup House

Stables of Sidcup House - Black and white lantern slide, depicting empty two-storey building.. Part of Box 399 of the Boswell Collection. Date: circa 1900

Background imageEmpty Collection: Dickens / Empty Chair

Dickens / Empty Chair
HIS HOME AT GADSHILL His desk and empty chair after his death, dated 9 June 1870

Background imageEmpty Collection: Canoe on Lake Louise at Sunrise, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Canoe on Lake Louise at Sunrise, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Background imageEmpty Collection: Dark stairs at night, Montmartre, Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Dark stairs at night, Montmartre, Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Background imageEmpty Collection: Epcot Center, Disneyland, Orlando, Florida, USA

Epcot Center, Disneyland, Orlando, Florida, USA

Background imageEmpty Collection: Sports arena interior, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA

Sports arena interior, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Interior of the Hershey sports arena, home of the Hershey Hockey Club (Hershey Bears), Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. Date: 1937

Background imageEmpty Collection: Choi Hung Estate, one of the oldest public housing estates in Hong Kong, Wong Tai

Choi Hung Estate, one of the oldest public housing estates in Hong Kong, Wong Tai Sin District, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Background imageEmpty Collection: Punting, Cherwell Boathouse, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Punting, Cherwell Boathouse, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEmpty Collection: Sunset, Ambleside, Lake Windermere, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom

Sunset, Ambleside, Lake Windermere, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEmpty Collection: Ward C3 at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham, 11th August 1969

Ward C3 at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham, 11th August 1969

Background imageEmpty Collection: Goodison Park, home ground of Everton football club, covered in snow the day before their

Goodison Park, home ground of Everton football club, covered in snow the day before their match is called off. 7th February 1969

Background imageEmpty Collection: Empty tennis court at Choi Hung Estate, one of the oldest public housing estates in

Empty tennis court at Choi Hung Estate, one of the oldest public housing estates in Hong Kong, Wong Tai Sin District, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Background imageEmpty Collection: Sand and surf at Lumahai Beach, Island of Kauai, Hawaii USA

Sand and surf at Lumahai Beach, Island of Kauai, Hawaii USA
Sand and surf at Lumahai Beach, Island of Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Background imageEmpty Collection: Tinsley cooling towers demolition

Tinsley cooling towers demolition
Tinsley cooling towers being prepared for demolition. These towers were built in 1938 as part of the Blackburn Meadows power station and stood over 75 metres tall

Background imageEmpty Collection: Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, c1960s. Artist: CM Dixon

Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, c1960s. Artist: CM Dixon
Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, c1960s. Union Street is a major street and shopping thoroughfare in Aberdeen, named after the Acts of Union 1800

Background imageEmpty Collection: Durdle Door at sunrise, Lulworth Cove, Jurassic Coast, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Durdle Door at sunrise, Lulworth Cove, Jurassic Coast, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEmpty Collection: Sunset over the Na Pali Coast from Ke e Beach, Haena State Park, Kauai, Hawaii USA

Sunset over the Na Pali Coast from Ke e Beach, Haena State Park, Kauai, Hawaii USA
Sunset over the Na Pali Coast from Ke e Beach, Haena State Park, Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Background imageEmpty Collection: Grand Isle on Lake Champlain, Vermont, New England, United States of America, North America

Grand Isle on Lake Champlain, Vermont, New England, United States of America, North America

Background imageEmpty Collection: Road to Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific

Road to Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific

Background imageEmpty Collection: Teignmouth and Shaldon, South Devon, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Teignmouth and Shaldon, South Devon, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEmpty Collection: Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, Europe

Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, Europe

Background imageEmpty Collection: Durdle Door at sunrise, Lulworth Cove, Jurassic Coast, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Durdle Door at sunrise, Lulworth Cove, Jurassic Coast, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEmpty Collection: Roman Theatre Of Palmyra, Syria

Roman Theatre Of Palmyra, Syria
In the 1950s the theatre was cleared from the sand and subsequently underwent restoration works

Background imageEmpty Collection: Route two through Nebraska, United States of America, North America

Route two through Nebraska, United States of America, North America

Background imageEmpty Collection: Historic Route 66 sign near Amboy, California, United States of America, North America

Historic Route 66 sign near Amboy, California, United States of America, North America

Background imageEmpty Collection: Railway Sleeper - Euston Station

Railway Sleeper - Euston Station
The Railway Sleeper series - A snoozing Scottish football fan at Euston Station awaiting his return train back north of the border. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageEmpty Collection: Lawyers and Client

Lawyers and Client
A gentleman goes to law and is assisted by two lawyers who empty his pockets and strip him of his possessions

Background imageEmpty Collection: Bougainvillea in a narrow whitewashed street in upper village

Bougainvillea in a narrow whitewashed street in upper village, Mojacar, Almeria, Andalucia (Andalusia), Spain, Europe

Background imageEmpty Collection: Mount Canigou, Pyrenees-Orientale, Languedoc Roussillon, France, Europe

Mount Canigou, Pyrenees-Orientale, Languedoc Roussillon, France, Europe

Background imageEmpty Collection: Honister Pass, Lake Distric National Park, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Honister Pass, Lake Distric National Park, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEmpty Collection: Aston Villa v Besiktas European Cup match at Villa Park, 15th September 1982

Aston Villa v Besiktas European Cup match at Villa Park, 15th September 1982. Final Score: Aston Villa 3-1 Besiktas Policemen, photographers

Background imageEmpty Collection: Sunrise over the Indian Ocean from a deserted beach in the Northern Huvadhu Atoll, Maldives

Sunrise over the Indian Ocean from a deserted beach in the Northern Huvadhu Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean, Asia

Background imageEmpty Collection: Boscastle harbour, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Boscastle harbour, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEmpty Collection: Hawaii, Kauai, Tunnels Beach, Palm Tree On The Beach

Hawaii, Kauai, Tunnels Beach, Palm Tree On The Beach

Background imageEmpty Collection: Fishing boat on the beach at Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Fishing boat on the beach at Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEmpty Collection: Fishing boats at dawn, Calella de Palafrugell, Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain, Mediterranean, Europe

Fishing boats at dawn, Calella de Palafrugell, Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain, Mediterranean, Europe

Background imageEmpty Collection: Silhouette of a doctor

Silhouette of a doctor who has interrupted his rounds for a glass of beer. An advertisement for Worthington beer

Background imageEmpty Collection: Snow capped mountains on a straight road of American south west, U

Snow capped mountains on a straight road of American south west, U.S. Route 50, the loneliest road in America, Nevada, United States of America, North America

Background imageEmpty Collection: Church Steps, Minehead, Somerset, England

Church Steps, Minehead, Somerset, England

Background imageEmpty Collection: Chesil Beach / Dorset / 1930

Chesil Beach / Dorset / 1930
Chesil Beach in Dorset

Background imageEmpty Collection: Four oyster shells

Four oyster shells, seen from different angles

Background imageEmpty Collection: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, United States of America, North America

Brooklyn Bridge, New York, United States of America, North America

Background imageEmpty Collection: City skyline and the Scioto River, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

City skyline and the Scioto River, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America, North America



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Emptiness echoes through time, capturing the essence of solitude and nostalgia. From John Mills in Ice Cold In Alex (1958) to Stamford Bridge View, each frame tells a story of absence and longing. A Dickensian tale unfolds with an empty chair as its protagonist, inviting us to ponder the untold narratives it holds. Dark stairs at night in Montmartre, Paris whisper secrets only known by the moonlight. A canoe glides silently on Lake Louise at sunrise, reflecting the serenity of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. The sports arena interior in Hershey, Pennsylvania stands silent and still, awaiting the roar of cheering crowds once more. Epcot Center in Orlando beckons visitors with its vast emptiness that promises endless possibilities. Old lobster pots lie abandoned at Catterline in Aberdeenshire, Scotland; remnants of a once-thriving fishing industry now lost to time's embrace. An empty tennis court at Choi Hung Estate speaks volumes about Hong Kong's oldest public housing estates' history and resilience. Bougainvillea blooms defiantly against whitewashed walls on a narrow street; their vibrant colors contrasting against an otherwise empty canvas. Union Street in Aberdeen transports us back to the 1960s when bustling streets were filled with life and laughter. In these snapshots from around the world - from Europe to North America and beyond - we are reminded that emptiness can be both hauntingly beautiful and evocative. It invites contemplation while leaving room for imagination to fill its void.