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Something about a window — its ability to carefully shed light on a subject, or frame the world outside in a certain way. I always choose the window seat when I travel, and despise the people who close the blinds on flights. The iconic William Eggleston photograph where sunlight glistens through a drink on an airplane tray table could be my favourite. A postcard of this photo has been taped to the wall of every apartment I’ve lived in in Montreal, and is now tearing at the edges. I’ve attempted to recreate this photo whenever I get the opportunity; a kind of personal homage that will never see the light of day.
(More notes on windows — a window above a kitchen sink to make the task of doing dishes seem less monotonous. A hotel room with a view is always more expensive than one without. Nan Goldin’s “Anthony by the Sea.” I hope my future includes a bay window on the sunny side of the street.)
Windows are not merely physical objects which people observe from; they can appear anywhere, openings in space which allow you to look closer. I often find water to act as a window, abstracting reality on the surface or framing the koi fish swimming beneath. Fences can also act as windows, creating ambiguous foregrounds to shape what’s behind them.
Somehow I am so drawn to views like these, and am often amazed when I come across these images in front of me. Last week in Los Angeles I sat next to a Koi Pond for what felt like hours, mesmerized by the fish and their colours and how they skimmed the surface of the water for air. Reflections of the palm trees above rippled and reflected as the koi danced below. For a moment I almost forgot to photograph it.
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