Through A Moving Window

Photographers make sense of the world by peering through a frame.

Photography is a way of making sense of the world — by capturing small segments of it in manageable bits. In fact, the Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain once said that photography was about “organizing the rectangle” — in effect putting a frame around the world.

In that respect, taking photos is not unlike the way we often look at our environment: Not directly but through some kind of frame. It can be the window in a house, that of a driving car, or even be the screen you are looking through right now, as you read this. It’s a unique perspective: Only revealing a small field of vision, a window lets us see just a cutout of the environment. And if the window itself moves — as part of a vehicle for instance — it slowly reveals more and more increments of the world.

In the following photo collection we’re exploring this perspective in photography. The view through a window is the central element in these images, adding not just another visual layer but also a layer of meaning: They capture our collective look at the world, in a time when everyone is constantly on the move.


Originally published at www.eyeem.com on September 21, 2016.

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