Replacing the windows

img_9403Almost a perfect fit. Walking down towards Tate Britain earlier this week I passed this building. Nothing very remarkable about the building – large floor to ceiling windows in a facade that was clad with wood. A little austere and subdued. it caught my eye because of the reflections of the property opposite. I slowly moved along and found a position where the windows of the facing property aligned within the window frames of the property I was viewing. And what’s more, the lighting – dull and overcast – together with the reflected pastel colours, seemed a perfect match.

On any other day, this image probably wouldn’t have worked. Just occasionally the conditions are right. Dull light can be the right type of light.


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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12 Responses to Replacing the windows

  1. Keep looking at windows, Andy! This is another great one for your collections.

    • LensScaper says:

      Every window is different, Linda. There are always surprises. This one was so different for the muted tones and the way the image came together.

  2. shoreacres says:

    Some people like birds, some people like flowers. There are people who like old trucks, trees, and trails. But I don’t believe I know anyone else who’s quite as much a window aficionado as you — and this is a nice one for the collection. The crooked little reflections at the bottom made me smile.

    • LensScaper says:

      As I proclaim from time to time: I’m a butterfly photographer flitting between genres. But the concept of Documentary Pictorialism – a term I think applies to this type of image – really has great appeal.

      • shoreacres says:

        There’s another phrase I’ve never heard: documentary pictorialism. It’s interesting how each art develops its own vocabulary to help describe what’s going on within its “confines.”

  3. Dina says:

    Dull light is great. Love it and the way you handled it and how the windows are mirrored.

  4. bluebrightly says:

    We get a lot of that light here, and this is a perfect example of how good it can be – just beautiful.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Lynn. It’s also an example of how light doesn’t have to be bright to be beautiful. Subtle works fine.

      • bluebrightly says:

        Yes, and sorry I haven’t been here in so long…so I finally followed you, too. I’m getting a bit more organized these days!

        • LensScaper says:

          Thanks for the ‘Follow’, Lynn. Life’s been a bit mad recently and I spent very little time following other photographers work on the Net. Trying to get back to a more normal existence now – it’s hard keeping all the balls in the air isn’t it?!

  5. jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    I love it, LS – dull light, harsh light, whatever – they are all a challenge – and reflections offer a wonderful opportunity to do something creative. A common enough test is “will this stay in the viewer’s memory” – I think your photo passes the test with flying colours!

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