From my windows
Windows: Part 4
Vermeer’s mastery lies in his ability to represent the light coming into his studio from a left-side window, but it is again Edward Hopper that mesmerizes me in painting the sunlight invading rooms. ‘Sun in an Empty Room’ (1963) probably stands as a pinnacle of his exploration of sunlight on the floor and walls of an empty apartment, creating rectangular bright and dark shapes that vary with the orientation and shape of the window. The intensity of light and the surfaces it illuminates also affect colour shades, as the effects of light on a green concrete wall will not be the same as on a wooden brown floor. Following these findings, I sought to photograph the effects of light in my four rooms.
Beyond providing light and views, windows serve various practical functions in daily life. For instance, after showering, we open the bathroom window to let the floor dry, and after cooking, both the kitchen and bathroom window are opened to dissipate odors. In winter, the afternoon sun on the closed balcony warms up the bedroom while in summer, we open them up to ventilate the apartment and avoid relying on air conditioning. To prevent the door from slamming shut when the windows are open, I have used a shoelace for two years to tie the door handle to a metal towel holder. Additionally, we put the mosquito net to keep insects outside, which paradoxically obstructs our view. The same happens when we open the window for fresh air as we get in turn more dust, as if it was inevitable for a window to have this dual role. Some other windows, poorly situated in our apartment, are better kept off closed, lacking practical utility. While windows are mainly a functional element, they can also be adorned with decorations, like the large illustrations and Christmas stars we added, leaving us with positive impressions inside the apartment.