The world would be a very different place without glass. That is a statement of the obvious. But it is when you view reflections in so-called flat glass windows that you appreciate that glass is so much more than a building material that keeps out the cold and brings light into interiors.
These windows are sited in a building opposite Debenhams, the department store, on Oxford Street, London. The facade of Debenhams was overlaid with hanging, brushed aluminium tiles a few years ago in a make-over as shown in a previous Post – click here to view. And it is those tiles, bathed in bright sunlight, that are reflected in these windows creating images that are like Moiré interference.
I’ve seen a whole range of reflections in inner-city areas that vary from those that are recognizably biographic, through distortions of varying degree, to frankly surrealistic – and now this. And one final point: I’ve walked down this road many times but I cannot recall ever noticing this before. Lack of awareness on my part perhaps, or maybe it was just a combination of the right time of day and the light on this occasion.
Click on the image for a higher quality enlargement – well worth it.