The brief to shoot at, on, in or through a window in your home produced hundreds of creative images in our first photography challenge. These were our three favourites entries.
Words by Urth HQ
If you follow us on Instagram, you would have seen that last week we ran a photography challenge to help our photography community stay inspired at home. The theme was ‘Out My Window’, and the brief was to photograph anything at, on, in or through a window in your home.
We were blown away by the number of entries, and found it difficult selecting only three winners. In no particular order, these are the three photos that stood out to us the most, and inspired us to find new perspectives from our homes.
“There’s something about this outdoor dining set that is quintessentially Australian.”
Taylor Kemp, Australia
Why we love it: This image captures both the boredom and the inspiration that come with life in lockdown. It conveys the monotony of looking out the same window everyday, and the beauty that can be found in doing so. In this case, the beauty comes in the form of dappled light falling onto tall trees, bringing out the colours of the Australian landscape and giving a magical quality to this photo.
From Taylor: I shot this image on my Fuji X-T2 through the fly screen window of my bedroom. Ever since starting our “big lap” around Australia I’ve become particularly interested in the unlikely colour and beauty of small-town Australia. Growing up on the east coast to now residing on the west I’ve found myself unconsciously searching for the similarities and nuances between the two. There’s something about this outdoor dining set that is quintessentially Australian. There is comfort in knowing that you could find it in possibly all states of the country.
“This photo is the result of many days of observation.”
Tito Andrade, Portugal
Why we love it: Tito’s image immediately reminded us of the geometrically composed and perfectly timed work of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Henri would painstakingly search for scenes that appealed to his eye, and wait patiently for someone to walk into the frame. Tito has expertly managed to do the same here, finding a subject dressed completely in black to add intrigue and mystery to his photo.
From Tito: After Portugal decreed the mandatory home confinement I decided that I had to find a personal project to continue photographing and keep my mind active and creative. This photo is the result of many days of observation. The lockdown gave me that opportunity. The view from my balcony and the neighbourhood had never caught my attention, but with time to observe, I started discovering details and places of interest to photograph. As I live on a seventh floor, I used a telephoto lens, the Fujinon XF 100-400 mm with my Fujifilm X-T3 – a weird combo for street photography, but in that particular situation, it allowed me to isolate details and see my street from a fresh new perspective.
The setting of this photo was not an immediate finding, it needed several days to find it since it’s quite far from where I was. The wall was freshly painted that day and the black silhouette was just the perfect subject at the right moment.
“In this photo, there are two stories.”
Aamir U, Canada
Why we love it: This photo strikes the perfect balance of being simple but powerful. Its minimalistic composition lets the emotion of the photo shine through, encapsulating the feeling of isolation so perfectly. It reminds of us of the claustrophobia of staying home, the collective longing to be outside and the sadness of empty streets. The way both the street outside, and the blinds inside are visible in this shot gives it a depth we love.
From Aamir: As a photographer, self isolating at home can be difficult. It’s hard to think outside the box or get creative when you are trapped behind walls. But if you are passionate about something, it’s hard to stop pursuing it. The act of photographing something outside my window was fascinating. A fresh perspective, and a formidable challenge. I noticed how the lights had cast this orange light onto the street and the shadows it brought in the foreground. After waiting 30 minutes, two strangers had walked by. Waiting for the perfect moment, I took the photo and smiled. It was exactly as I imagined it.
As a street photographer I thrive to tell stories with images. In this photo, there are two stories. The first story is about the strangers walking on the pavement. What are they talking about? Where are they going? The second story is about a photographer. Residing in his home, looking at the outside world through his blinds. Dreaming of roaming the streets.”