Go through your photographic archive and select around ten pictures. Separate them into two piles: one entitled ‘mirrors’ and the other entitled ‘windows’.
- What did you put in each pile and why?
- Did you have any difficulties in categorising them?
You may like to repeat the exercise with some different images and record your responses. It would be interesting to see you place the same image in both camps and review your reasons for doing so.
In doing a quick scan through my photographic archive, it seems that I may have an equal amount of mirror and window images. This may possibly be because I take a fair amount of photos of student events and staff and faculty headshots at work, but I have always loved street photography and landscape/travel images as well.
Two happy, carefree youths in the streets of Havana, reflecting the attitude of the Cuban people.
Another blast from my past. An area on the outskirts of the city of Cape Town which has undergone major renovation, while remaining true to its character. The colourful houses reflect the personalities of the inhabitants.
This image is a true mirror of me during my recovery time after undergoing knee replacement surgery.
The first time I ever did a model shoot during a photography class. Learning all about studio lighting here.
One of my assignments while doing a documentary course. I documented some of the action during the Spartan Race, a grueling obstacle race.
This image is a mirror for me as it is one of the neighbouring farms to the farm where I spent my teenage years. It represents many happy memories of hanging out with my friends at this old farmhouse. However, it can also serve as a windows image, being on the wine route of Stellenbosch and a place of enormous interest.
The square outside the Palacio de los Capitanes in Havana where revolutionary Cuban literature is the order of the day. One would be hard pressed to find a book that is not about Fidel Castro or Che Guevara.
Cuban artist Jose Fuster’s home in Havana. His entire house is decorated with mosaic ceramic sculptures inspired by Picasso. He has decorated about 80 houses in his neighbourhood in a similar fashion. Video about him can be seen here.
A window into the coastal town of Betty’s Bay, near Cape Town in South Africa. Mainly it is a fishing village, but also containing Stony Point Nature Reserve which is home to one of the largest breeding colonies of the African Penguin in the world.
Historical changing huts on Muizenberg Beach. These huts are featured on many advertising promos ranging from colour printers to tourism.
Some street photography during the Occupy Vancouver protests.
Finn Slough, a heritage Finnish fishing settlement and wetlands society in Richmond, Vancouver. An extremely interesting place where the inhabitants are subject to the tides. At low tide they are surrounded by mud, at high tide they are surrounded by water.
Another window image which could also be a mirror for me. At one time in my childhood I used to live close to this spot and would see this view very often.
I didn’t have much difficulty in placing my images in the two categories. Granted I can see that I can have quite a bit of cross-over between the two. It all depends from where one is seeing the photograph and how much memory is attached to the image.
Visual Arts (n.d.) José Fuster Painter – Sculptor [online] Havana Cultura. Available at: http://havana-cultura.com/en/visual-arts/jose-fuster [Accessed 22 November, 2016]