I’ve found that an impressionistic “special effect“ can be created by photographing objects in windows, since the nature of the glass itself—any imperfections, waviness, and reflections—deflect and re-form light, forcing us to look closer, since the image looks out of focus, but it’s not. This, on its own, creates a play of colors and light that I find fascinating.
I personally think the most interesting photographs emerge when the glass of the window is quite old, since old window glass is usually rippled or wavy, and reflects light in ways that creates a whole new picture within the picture you’re taking. In this particular photograph, I absolutely love the jewel-tones of the objets d’art behind the old glass, as well as the decaying condition of the antique white window frame.
This photo appears out of focus, until you look at it closely and see the detail is intact, it’s just the rippled quality of the glass distorting what you see. There’s an old candelabra, and an amethyst-hued glass vase, and other lovely objects that are made wonderfully indistinct. I took this picture in an historical village in Sweden that’s preserved for posterity, which is great if you love old things. There’s too much change in the world for me; I like old stuff in states of decay.
This photograph is available for sale at Fine Art America.