Windows of the World – WPC

“The window of opportunity opens and closes as fast as a camera’s shutter.”

Warren Criswell

SMILING GOD, ANGKOR WAT

SMILING ICON, ANGKOR WAT

This week Michelle has invited us to look out our windows and frame what we see. While my view is lovely, there are far more interesting views that I’ve framed in my travels over the years. Here are a few of my favorites, including the captures above and below, which I made years ago at Angkor Wat. For me, the trip was a window into an incredibly sophisticated ancient culture. Imagine building a city as large as Berlin in the year 802, much of it undiscovered until as late as 2012.

WINDOW THAT WAS, ANGKOR WAT

WINDOW THAT WAS, ANGKOR WAT

“I find it impossible to think of a picture save as a window”

Andre Breton

WINDOW ON THE WALL< CHINA

WINDOW ON THE WALL, CHINA

“We artists allow the world to see through our windows.”

Robert Genn

Speaking of ancient marvels, the Great Wall of China was yet another perfect window into a long-ago world of wonder.  Standing on the wall, one can imagine what the mindset of a sentry must have been while looking out at the beautiful landscape. Perhaps he was enthralled, or after days or weeks on a shift he may instead have hoped for an invasion attempt just to pass the hours 😊

WINDOW WASHING, CHINA

WINDOW WASHING, CHINA

“A window covered with raindrops interests me more than a photograph of a famous person.”

Saul Leiter

From ancient China we move to modern-day windows in Beijing’s Olympic Village. During our visit we saw two window washers working on the gigantic swimmers dome. I found myself wondering how it felt to be up there on that rickety scaffold considering the immense size of the surface, the tiny little squeegees, and the work still to be done.

COMING OUT PARTY, BUENOS AIRES

COMING OUT PARTY, LA BOCA, BUENOS AIRES

“I demand of art….that it throw open the window to the soul.”

Felix Mendelssohn

Speaking of immense size, the capture above is from our trip to South America – where the LaBoca district of Buenos Aires offered quite a few colorful artists’ plays on windows. While it may have been the color that caught my eye, it was the inclusion of the hair curlers that gave me my biggest smile 😊.

OVERHEAD WINDOW

OVERHEAD WINDOW

“Art might somehow affect the way people see, and thus open a window on the world.”

Burton Silverman

Also in Buenos Aires, a glorious glass work of art which provided a windowed ceiling above a small shopping area.  Kind of makes you worry about the prices in the stores below, don’t you think?

PRIMARY COLORS

PRIMARY COLORS

“One may see the Way of Heaven without looking through the windows.”

Lao Tzu

I’ve chosen to close with one of my all-time favorite captures. The prism of light created by the stained glass to me forms a perfect union of the efforts of man and nature. Would that our art might always compliment rather than compete with the beauty nature provides.

 

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113 thoughts on “Windows of the World – WPC

  1. So many lovely windows frame a colorful world. I really love my windows too. Impact windows kept Irma’s winds at bay as the storm raced up the state to my west. Glad to see you celebrated with a hurricane party at home. Storm season was really stressful over here. It is hard to see so many people affected by the storms this year.

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