Photography Travelling

Windows Around the World

I haven’t posted a #FriFotos post for a while but I simply couldn’t resist this week’s theme of ‘windows. Windows intrigue me. I always wonder who is on the other side looking out, or looking in.  What events have been witnessed through those windows over time? What secrets have been concealed inside?

You can get some great photographs of windows; whether you use them to frame a shot, or if they are the focus of the picture. Windows can also produce some beautiful lighting for a picture.

Here are some of my favourite pictures:

Tokyo, Japan

Ferris Wheel, Tokyo

Riding home from work on the train one night I passed this gorgeous ferris wheel in Yokohama, Tokyo. I took a picture of it only to discover that the the train’s interior reflected back through the window and featured in the shot over the top of the wheel, but I really liked the effect. For me it encapsulated the crazy business of Tokyo.

Mendoza, Argentina

Drinking wine in Mendoza

My boyfriend captured this shot of me when we were at a small finca in Mendoza. I love the artistic feel of this photograph, and would love to remember what had captivated my attention through the window.

Los Gigantes, Tenerife

Lighthouse at Los Gingantes

Windows can make great frames for photographs, and I really like the way the sun creates a starburst effect through the window in this shot.

New York

The bright lights of the Big Apple

As a first time visitor to NYC I was blown away by the skyscrapers, which look magical by night when the bright lights glow from the windows. In this picture the yellow lights of the window reflected on the rain-sodden ground and made me feel very Christmassy for some reason.

Carti, San Blas (Panama)

Through the Port Hole

The amazing Stahlratte was my home for three days as I crossed from Colombia into Panama, via the San Blas archipelago. This was a view from the port-hole in the bathroom!

Valparaiso, Chile 

Laundry hangs from the windows in this quirky seaport town.

Valparaiso  is one of my favourite cities in South America, possibly due to my appreciation of Pablo Neruda’s poetry and Isabel Allende’s fiction. There is something romantic about this port town that has seen so much trade and development over time. I wonder what the people behind these windows have seen through the centuries.

Ellis Island, New York 

The Reception Room at Ellis Island

Out of all the windows in my photographs surely this one has seen every facet, every emotion, of the Human Experience. Here in the Reception Room at Ellis Island immigrants from the world over waited to learn their fate. Would they be allowed to enter America and find their own American Dream? Or would they be turned away, back to their own country from which they have fled?

Hope. Desperation. Poverty. Fear. Euphoria. Dreams crushed. Dreams fulfilled. This window has seen it all. What a story it could tell.

Which photo is your favourite?


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  1. says:

    Oh I love them all, but Valparaiso, Chile – WOW! It makes my emotions roll… so damn beautiful.

  2. I am so in love with Valparaiso. It really hits my romantic/literary side 🙂

  3. says:

    Choose a favorite, just one? Hrmm… the subway shot. Seeing in and out simultaneously.

    1. Thank you. I was really happy with that shot, not bad for a fluke 🙂

  4. says:

    I really like your shot of the Ellis Island window. I visited that place a few years ago. The NYC one is another classic!
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    1. Thank you. I really enjoyed Ellis Island, it’s a fascinating place.

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