The nal place of melancholy simultaneously evokes the vulnerability of that which is delicate and near with the vast incomprehensibility of the beyond. Just as camou age represents that paradoxical condition of being visible yet invisible, the idea of an intimate immensity circles around the irresolvable poles of nearness and distance. ‘Intimate immensity’ and ‘immediate immensity’ are Gatston Bachelard’s terms, and he positions the immense within the intimacy and immediacy of the imagination. He states that ‘Immensity is within ourselves. It is attached to a sort of expansion of being that life curbs and caution arrests, but which starts again when we are alone’ (Bachelard, 1969, p.184). Bachelard relates this condition to the temporal domain too, quoting a passage from Milosz which concludes: ‘Is this instant really eternity? Is eternity really this instant?’ (in Bachelard, 1969, p.190). There are echoes of Kant’s placing of melancholy within the Sublime, of the position of the individual within the vastness of the landscape, and the signi cance of solitude.