Exploring Windows

Kat Sloma has a great post about photographing windows that you will want to read. Not only can they be wonderful subjects in themselves, but they are a great source of light for capturing images without using a flash indoors.  I have a couple of favorite windows I use as a light source here in my home and have learned to love certain times of the day for it’s particular light.  

This window is in an old restaurant in the town where my parents live. I don’t know how long it’s been closed, how long it had been there, or what the “special” was there.  But there is something just so lonely about these curtains drawn closed, gathering dust and fading in the sunlight as time goes on.  The reflected light from a building a cross the street has added an unusual pattern, contrasting with the shadows inside.
I find myself wondering if the coffee was good there.  What kind of people would meet there early in the day? Was there ever a group that decided to always meet at this place on a regular basis? And what kind of art work did the proprietors hang on the walls, if any? 
Do you think that kind of stuff when you see windows on old buildings or houses? 

You can see my other window images by clicking on My Flickr Photo Stream to the left of this page.

16 Comments

  1. I think about the stories behind the windows all the time Deborah. Wonderful capture, to make us think, and look twice. Thanks so much for joining in with Exploring with a Camera.

  2. We were just driving past a diner yesterday that has been closed for about ten years — the windows were uncovered and it looked like time had frozen inside. It made me wonder about the people who went there all the time and if they missed it.
    Yes, windows do have stories….if only they could talk.

  3. Deb – I think you have touched on the emotional connection that we feel with windows. Wondering about the story and the history behind them. I like how the reflections mimic the check pattern in the curtain fabric, adding another layer of complexity and beauty to your shot.

  4. Windows in abandoned buildings always make me a bit sad. There are a lot of empty storefronts in this little downtown where I work, and I think about what it must have been like when they were all vibrant with life and activity, before suburbs and shopping malls lured their business away. Even though I can't see inside, your image conjures up that same feeling.

  5. I love your thoughts about the restaurant as much as the photograph. My daughter jokingly calls me creepy when I am photographing windows, as if I am peering through the glass to see what's inside. I would rather imagine the stories, so much more fun. – Susan

  6. Until this exploration, I've never given much thought to the story behind the window. I'm attracted to their shape, beauty and structure. But, now I realize that there is more, there is a story behind each piece of glass!

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