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From outside

to my windows

Windows: Part 2

After looking at other people’s windows, a rather amusing experiment is to observe one’s own windows from the outside, expanding the surveyance even further. Situated on the fourteenth floor of a high building near Chaoyang North Road, my windows face west and north. Most of them measure 1.35 meters in height, except for those on the bedroom’s closed balcony, which are bay windows replacing the wall. From outside, these ones stand out with their white frames and their broken wooden bars on the left. The bathroom window also differs from others with its mosquito net pulled up. Additionally, my northern windows have Christmas stickers, facilitating their identification from across the street.

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Alper Yesiltas' window project.

Series of photos capturing my own windows from different points of view.

Although the photographer Alper Yesiltas (2017) used to capture a window that faced his room over twelve years, rather than his own window; one suddenly perceives the window as a living entity. We can see its white lace curtain, its wall changing colours from snowy to sunny days, and how the passage of time gradually transforms the window until it is eventually dismantled, disappearing much like life itself when one passes away. This active contemplation of the same window over time shows a rare perseverance in representing the same element until it becomes an obsession. In my photographs, I opted to examine my windows from varying distances and angles, rather than relying on a single frame of reference, and I even asked two neighbours to take them in picture from outside, after giving instructions on how to recognise them. Interestingly enough, sharing my exact location with others momentarily diminished my sense of privacy.

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