It’s time for me to come clean about a photography obsession I have – windows. All sorts of windows, small, round, broken, weathered, shuttered – if I see an interesting window, I’ll probably take a photo of it. Windows are the eyes of architecture.
But the challenge this week isn’t just to photograph windows – that would be way too easy (and I’d then have to choose from the approximately 1 million photos I have of windows to put into this post – way too much pressure!)
This week, the challenge is to photograph windows within windows.
Before your head explodes, think of layers and frames and the broadest definition of “windows” you can think of. Remember all the places we find windows. Buildings, sure, but also in cars and trains – anything you can look through, really.
Windows are everywhere and we sometimes forget about them – even while we’re looking through one.
Sometimes architecture just gives you nice layering, though sometimes looking out a window, we don’t always notice the second window. I have a specific obsession with round windows so I was thrilled to find this window the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence – framing another window across the courtyard.
In this challenge, reflections can be your friend. Look for windows reflected in other windows like this window that screams Santa Fe or a more abstract version of some Glasgow architecture.
Broadening the definition of “windows” to include eyeglasses – which I consider creative rather than cheating – this Cuban fellow is looking at me through two windows.
The broadest definition of a window – an opening – can provide a frame for another window.
Be creative this week and approach the world with open eyes. This is the opportunity to look at the windows you pass by every day and look beyond the surface.
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Welcome to Wits End Photography blog, my name is Jenn Mishra. I'm an American photographer born in Colorado and based in the St. Louis metro area. I love to travel, but even when at home, I try to keep the same sense of adventure – looking for novelty in the everyday; finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
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