Nothingness I, 2019

by Kamal Obat

Print : digital art, photo 23.4 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch

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Numbered and limited to 10 copies

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Print: digital art, photo

Dimensions cm inch

23.4 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch Height x Width x Depth


Not framed



Everyday life







Sky blue

Artwork sold in perfect condition

Artwork location: Nigeria

The "Nothingness" series celebrates the life of a fisher boy, whose power is evident in his mastery of an element as essential but as tricky, as water.

Nothingness is often put down and associated with negative conditions such as poverty, illiteracy, and so on.

Once, at an exhibition, I described the boy in the image as "The King of Nothingness" and it was gruesomely misunderstood as the King of Failure/Hardship. That's because the idea of having nothing frightens us.

To have all we have achieved and all our efforts wiped is absolutely terrifying to humankind and that is the fundamental reality. But if one only thinks of the idea of nothingness as mere blankness, and holds on to this idea, then they haven't understood it.

These fishermen or farmers are considered "nothings" in the society, yet the mastery of their element ensures our continued survival. To go ahead and describe nothingness is to define something-ness, but to quote Kalu Rinpoche's principle: "We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all."

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Kamal Obat, Nothingness I
Kamal Obat

Kamal Obat

Nigeria  • 1994

Kamal is a self-taught photographer and fine artist whose practice revolves around exploring the many forms and styles a photograph can be interpreted into. His journey began in Malaysia while he was studying for his BSc. in Software Engineering. Despite his technical training, Kamal was determined to pursue his passion for design. His determination paid off when he was invited to participate in a group art show organized by an NGO in 2018, where he was able to showcase his works under the pseudonym "Someoneschild". His piece, “Scarred", was well-received and it was eventually displayed at the UN Headquarters in New York. Since then he has been featured in multiple publications, magazines, and newspaper columns.

Kamal's photography captures a wide range of subject matter from nature to portraits, to documentaries, and more. His body of work is designed to inspire viewers to look closer at the world around them and discover beauty in unexpected places. His 'Nothingness' series celebrates the humans who have left an indelible mark on the world, though they may not be acknowledged. His creative process is constantly evolving as he continues to explore the many forms of photography and fine art. With his eye for detail and passion for creativity, Kamal has established himself as an innovative photographer and fine artist.

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