A Short History of Silence

Named after the first chapter A Short History of Silence of Rebecca Solnit's book The Mother of All Questions this 188 paged editorial shows the difference between quiet and silent by leading the reader through an unusual reading experience.
The editorial aims to visualize silence through the process of reading by breaking the sentence into a new column every time the word silence appears, which makes the text harder to read but the silence inevitably present. The text is supported by analogue black and white photographs, abstract images of water through double exposure, that draw a connection to Rebecca Solnit's use of the ocean as a metaphor for silence and suppression.

Silence is the ocean of the unsaid, the unspeakable, the repressed, the erased, the unheard. It surrounds the scattered islands made up of those allowed to speak and of what can be said and who listens. Silence occurs in many ways for many reasons; each of us has his or her own sea of unspoken words.

Rebecca Solnit - The Mother of All Questions