Inspired by the a tutorial with Graham I am encouraged to follow the ideas and themes of Windows and framing scenes that I have been skirting around for 6 months. I like the idea of viewing through something, artistic voyeurism and peepshows so I am thinking of looking at windows in art, film and literature as my starting point. How is the window used as a device for drama, metaphor and helping with storytelling.
I have thought about photographing through windows in my street before as they always look so cosy. It is the fantasy and anticipation of being in the view that appeals rather than the reality.
Empty chair through window
I have secretly taken photos today to see how it would work and realise you need to get closer but it feels really intrusive, even though there are no people in the photos. The act of taking a photo makes you feel like you are breaking the law or afraid you may be caught.
I also talked to Graham about how the window , depending on which side you’re on, is also a constraint as it stops you from accessing the view you may be longingly looking at. If you were imprisoned or house bound through illness. It is about perspective and what side of the window you sit.
In theatre, windows can divide a stage, create a new space, tell a secondary story. In film, the window is a camera point of view rather than a physical thing.
The Alfred Hitchcock film, Rear window, is a film about a man who is confined to a wheelchair who has nothing else to do apart from view the world from his top floor window.
So I feel like my research so far links in nicely this theme.
The ideas of being an outsider, looking in. The ideas around framing a scene and viewing through a portal into a world unknown to us. The notion that it is accessible to us but can also be a private or personal space.
I had a look at artists who use windows in their photography.
Anne Laure Maison and her project, ‘Fenetre’