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Behind Panes of Glass

3.22.2015
Paris Montmartre Windows

A man looking out of an open window never sees as much as the same man looking directly at a closed window. There is no object more deeply mysterious, no object more pregnant with suggestion, more insidiously sinister, in short more truly dazzling than a window lit up from within by even a single candle. What we can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what we can perceive taking place behind a pane of windowglass. In that pit, in that blackness or brightness, life is being lived, life is suffering, life is dreaming....  - Charles Baudelaire, Windows

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20 comments

  1. Love this quote! So intriguing and it's perfect for your photo!

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  2. Beautiful as always. Each of your pictures makes me want to take the next train to Paris ...

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  3. A wonderful B&W! Very mysterious, it begs a story. Nicely done!

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  4. This image has a truly timeless quality. Lovely. And I love the quote. I often wonder at night what life is like behind the lit-up windows. Always intriguing . . .

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    1. Thank you Sharon... you and me both ;)

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  5. the words you write are something to ponder on and so true I believe. And the B&W image with the girl leaning out is perfect to illustrate. Wonderful photography as always. Have a great weekend ahead.

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    1. A high compliment, thank you Jill... I hope you had a wonderful weekend as well :)

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  6. This is beyond stunning, thanks for sharing!

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  7. What a beautiful quote. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Gorgeous. Was just reading the other day about the use of patterns in photography and how having one element interrupt the pattern makes an ideal photograph. Boy, you sure nailed the example of that here!

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    1. Thank you Kim! Means so much coming from you :) Lately I've been experimenting with different things and exploring new subjects/compositions/techniques...

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  10. Such a great quote to go with this very evocative image

    mollyxxx

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  11. Beautiful picture! I am visiting from Katherine's Corner Blog Hop. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Thank you all so much for your very kind comments! xo

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  13. It is magic and overwhelming at the same time to image the whirlwind of lives behind each window... Your picture does help our imagination along the way... Wouldn't you feel like writing short stories, one for each window?

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  14. An early morning - he is leaving ...your picture tells a story! So amazingly beautiful.

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