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Why would this window interest a vegetarian?

Why would this window interest a vegetarian?

 I have not done a post for ‘Lingering Look at Windows’ for a while. But I have accumulated some photos  of windows, I will show you.

Turret windows.

Turret windows in an old shop.

When out with the camera I have a lot of thoughts on photography.  I used to take snap shots to show to family and friends. That was back when we kept photo albums and had to pay for film and developing and printing. I soon realised I was wasting my money, people are bored looking at your photo. For my own sake I still wanted to record the interesting things I saw and did. So I would just sketch to supplement my diary.  I used to really enjoy drawing. I would draw to fill waiting time, I suppose I could have just relaxed and meditated on breath. When you sketch your mind is focused, so it is like meditation. I suppose any thing can be like meditation if you are interested and in the ‘now’ that Eckhart Tolle talks about. Every thing has changed since I got hooked on digital photography. Let me show you.

From the top of Parliament house.

From the top of Parliament house.

This photo was from the roof of Parliament house just below the flag pole mounted on  a-frame columns that allows the flag to be seen for miles. From the roof you can also see for miles. You can see Telstra tower from here and the windows surrounding the court-yard garden. To show it all in one photo as if you were there and keep it interesting. The angles and squares to me make it interesting. Let me know if I succeeded.

A pyramid of windows.

A pyramid of windows.

Note the reflection of the a-frame supporting the flag pole. I like reflections and to show things from a different perspective. To me this is what life is all about, doing what you enjoy regardless of what the crowd think.

The pyramid of windows.

The pyramid of windows.

On the floor below we get another view. I like the angles surrounding the pyramid of angles. They complement each other, Canberra has some wonderful architecture. Melbourne art gallery in Federation Square was another memorable building I enjoyed.

You can see how I like odd angles.

You can see how I like odd angles.

   I like these windows the old lamp and the chimneys and all those angles delight my eye. I get a lot of enjoyment from my digital camera. The joy I used to get from drawing, the camera is just too easy. Drawing you really learn perspective and composition.

A charming old house in Goulbourn.

A charming old house in Goulburn.

 The negative shape of the sky and the nostalgic subject matter is what I like about this photo. The old familiar memories from child hood. We had no fantastic, modern structures then.

Note the cross in the window.

Note the cross in the window.

We did have, and still do have, those incredible cathedrals. Religious architecture of all faiths is superb, be it a mosque, temple or cathedral they are all beautiful and good places to find peace and quiet. I enjoy them all and belong to none. The above photo, I hope, draws your attention to the small and beautiful that is often over-shadowed by the magnificence surrounding it. The small things in life are what bring contentment to the appreciative.

A small Daffodil.

Three  small Daffodils.

Sometimes the small like to show off, I do not mind when they are daffodils. They do overwhelm the windows. This is not a good photo of windows. But it redeems itself as a pleasant photo, I think.

Simply a window.

Simply a window.

This is a photo of a window, no mistake about that. The thing I personally like about this window is the pattern in the glass. If you are interested I also have a post featuring some of my drawings. Reflections on windows. the drawing with the caption ‘Old Glass drawing to match the leaves.’ features this glass. This glass was used in the windows of my aunties bungalow by the ocean, where I spent happy childhood holidays. That was back around the beginning of the 40’s.

More reflections.

More reflections.

Craft-men built houses in those old times and took pride in what they were doing .

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Pauline  entering Canberra Museum dwarfed by the windows.

Pauline entering Canberra Museum dwarfed by the windows.

Cleaning Windows.

A window is like a picture in a book and it is said a picture is worth a thousand words. If those windows are not clean it is like having dirty pictures in your home. The pictures we look at will influence our thoughts and emotions. Unwholesome pictures infect our thoughts. Those thoughts will become emotions that lead to actions that develop into habits. Keeping windows clean contributes to our wellbeing.

Sunset and Busselton Jetty reflected in windows.

Sunset and Busselton Jetty reflected in windows.

Who lives without a speck or smudge of grime on their windows? We must not be judgemental remember the story of Jesus saying “Let the one without sin cast the first stone.” Look beyond the blemishes there is always beauty if we look for it. There are no bad people they are either sick or ignorant, the sick need help and the ignorant need teaching.

Canberra Museum window.

Canberra Museum window.

A shattered, broken window is dangerous, like a psychopath, to be avoided. Leave the treatment required to those qualified .

Window in Banbury Art Gallery.

Window in Bunbury Art Gallery.

Let us get back to cleaning windows and lightening things up.

This is window cleaning Brisbane 2014.

This is window cleaning Brisbane 2014 or Having Fun.

George Formby was an old-time performer who sang a saucy song called ‘When I’m Cleaning windows.’  I can only recall one line, ‘The blushing bride looks divine, the bridegroom says I’m doing fine, I’d rather have his job than mine, when I’m cleaning windows”. If you want more frivolity, hit the link.

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Canberra Museum's fibulas architecture.

Canberra Museum’s fabulous architecture.

If you want to clean windows I have a few tips from a professional window cleaner, when I took on a casual job window cleaning. I liked the work out on a ledge looking in on the office workers toiling at their desks, while I enjoyed the open air, exercising and making the windows sparkle. We used a chamois, now they use squeegees, so my tips are out dated, the one tip that is still applicable is clean horizontal on one side and vertical on the other so you know where the missed bits are.  A razor blade is handy to remove paint spots and the like. Pay attention to the corners and at my age I must remember I have lost the agility and balance so be careful.

A lot can be seen in or out of a window.

A lot can be seen in or out of a window.

The Sydney, Queen Victoria Building was built 1898 is Renascence architecture and from 1959 to 1971 was occupied by The Sydney County Council. It was 1968 when I was cleaning windows on Q. V. B. and there were no hoists or swinging stages on the building. We had safety belts that hindered your movement and gave a false sense of safety as the old eye-bolts were insecure. The building has been refurbished many times and now is totally restored and packed with upmarket shops; do not miss looking in on it if you visit Sydney.

Window with a good   view.

Window with a good view.

When cleaning the windows of the ladies change room I used to sing, not just because I was happy in my work, but ladies did not expect to see a man outside the window a couple of floors up. My singing was not all that good, but I think it was appreciated.

These ladies were happy to be looked at.

These ladies  in Albany were happy to be looked at.

There are shop windows to be looked in, windows to be looked out of and windows to the mind and windows of opportunity. There are also the Microsoft Windows programs that can be frustrating. When you are finding the computer program not acting as you would like. Take a few deep breaths look out the window and come back to reality.

A cute shop window in Donnybrook W.A.

A cute shop window in Donnybrook W.A.

These are my idea’s on Dawns  Lingering look at windows. 

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Get out and see the light.

Get out and see the light.

Windows are inciting opportunities.

Some one saw an opportunity here.

Someone saw an opportunity here.

Our dwellings should have many windows to let in the light. To live in a house with one window is to dwell in darkness.

Go around obstacles.

Go around obstacles.

Only looking out one window is to have a limited view. Fill your house with windows to see the world from different viewpoints.

Accept the challenges.

Accept the challenges.

I cannot see things as you do from where I am standing and you cannot see things as I do from your location. Maybe we should change positions and we would see things undistorted in true perspective.

The more windows the more the more you see.

The more windows the more you see.

The more windows the wider our outlook, to look out of only one window is to see only one side of our wondrous world.

See more than you REALEYES.

See more than you REALEYES.

The person with one window is like the person with only one book. They are limited in their views; one should never draw the curtains on other views. Look and see the many possibilities.

Lots of windows but some never look.

Lots of windows but some never look.

A house full of windows is a house full of light, light that makes it possible to see all viewpoints. Look out of every window and into every window to see the vast range of opportunity, to paint or photograph your beautiful picture.

There are many opportunities missed in hast.

There are many opportunities missed in haste.

 Build your house with many windows take the best from all view points and your wisdom will grow. Never limiting ones view from one window, one book, one country or one belief broadens your horizons.

Look everywhere and broaden any limited views.

Look everywhere and broaden any limited views.

Dawn inspired me to photograph windows. You may like to go to her site “The day after” to see what has inspired others.

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Thailand memory.

Thailand memory.

Reflecting on Windows

Old glass to match foliage.

Old glass to match foliage.

 

Keeping a dairy was necessary when I was promoted from playing the game I loved, to being in charge. A fun way of earning a living became a responsibility. Maybe it was for the best, because walking around up on the steel, where the birds perch, is a young man’s job. I did not like writing a diary and reports; I had to have a dictionary in one hand and a pen in the other. It turned out it was not a bad thing, as my vocabulary increased and my English improved. Keeping a diary became a habit.

First sketch of window inspiration. .

First sketch of window inspiration. .

When I travelled I had a record, as this was my personal diary, I did not have to use a dictionary and could do a few drawings instead of words. Pictures really are worth a lot of words. I entered all kinds of ideas and notes, anything that took my fancy as entertaining, worthwhile or wise.

Carried further ink and a splash of colour.

Carried further ink and a splash of colour.

When waiting for transport, or any occasion when time was dragging, out would come my diary, or whatever was at hand, and I would draw something. This drawing was a habit I formed that has now been replaced by the digital camera habit. I still have many of these diaries now, or as I have come to call them “Jack’s Jottings”.

Pastel on brown paper bag.

Pastel on brown paper bag.

Going through the archives of “Jack’s Jottings” I found these sketches. I thought them suitable for the “Lingering look at  windows” and timeout for art challenges. The window with the old glass and the curtains blowing was drawn in a little place Pauline and I shared at Stradbroke Island. The other window drawings were done in Roma Street backpackers in Brisbane. The drawings bring it all back, not much of a view, but that was the challenge, to make something of it. When you draw you notice things you would normally over look. I noticed those reflections in the high rise building. Then the imagination went into top gear. Ever since drawing those reflections I have been hooked on reflections, noticing them everywhere. Nature is the best artist.

The camera gets in on the act, to see how it actually looks.

The camera gets in on the act, to see how it actually looks.

For me doing art work is only a way to pass the time and make me more aware of the wondrous beauty all around me.

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Windows and views.

There is no end to the different ways of look at windows and photographing them. If we use our imagination photography is an art and a way to show others something they may not notice. So I have chosen for Dawn’s “Lingering look at windows.” a variety of thing we can see looking at windows and out of windows and the varied designs of windows, how windows often reflect like a mirror and how abstract compositions can be made using windows. My photos are not the high quality of a professional photographer but I hope they can give ideas for others to follow-up.

Often we are critical of a photo that may be a bit out of focus and miss its other qualities. A judgmental approach to all things in life hampers our ability of enjoyment. We are given the wrong message as children when we are told you have to do better. Top of the class second place is no good. We should be told do your best and enjoy what you are doing, stay focused and keep practicing. You can only do your best.

I paid my three sons a wage for helping me do the work in running our home. They each got the same wage and my eldest son thought he should get more than his brothers because he did more work. I asked him was he doing his best and if his brothers were doing their best. “Yes” he said to both questions. “That is good, because that is what you are being paid to do, no one can be expected to anymore.” My answer satisfied him but I gave them all an increase. They were earning it and they all have grown up able to look after themselves.

Everything you do should be your best but that does not mean you have to make it a chore. People say to children do your chores or you will get no pocket-money. The definition of a chore is an unpleasant task. My sons felt grown up they were paid a wage for working and the work was challenging for boys but the rewards were worthwhile.

What has all this got to do with windows? Everything is interrelated, I will explain that some other time. I have already wandered away from the window and my view is lost. Getting back to the window, my view is do your best have a go and enjoy your view.

This is different.

This is different.

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On thr Red double-decker bus.

On the Red double-decker bus.

Pauline’s turn to mind the dogs where we are staying in Bellerive. My day to do an explore so I take the double-decker Red bus tour. It is a good way to get familiar with a place. Then local busses are the way after you have got your bearings.

Feflection of windows in window.

Reflection of windows in window.

The window that is feflected.

The window that is reflected.

Those Autumn Leaves drift by my window.

Those Autumn Leaves drift by my window.

Oliver Nuton-john, 'Let's get physical.'

Oliver Newton-john, ‘Let’s get physical.’

Window reflection and liaves.

Window reflection and leaves.

Point to the right window.

Point to the right window.

Now you see the point.

Now you see the two points.

I think I have made my point there is a lot that can be seen in windows. Dawn, of “The day after”  you may have got me looking at windows but I am only going to look in shop windows, I am not going to buy what I want only what I need.

 

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My ( pommepal ) Pauline has encouraged me to put my photos of windows in Dawns windows post. I have been looking in on Dawns blog ” The Day After.” at the windows collection she hosts and it drew my attention to windows.

I belonged to a photo group run by a professional photographer, Al Sweet a talented, generous man capable at passing on his knowledge. He gave the group assignments to be shown  at the next meeting and we would discuss the pros and cons of the photos.

We did a different subject every month. Everything from letter boxes to churches. The one on windows I decided to think a bit outside the square and did shop windows  with all their vast array of subject matter.

The thing is about this exercise  it gets one looking and seeing through the eyes of other people. We start to see how people see things differently to each other. When we understand the way others see things we learn and grow.

These windows are in a church designed by a convict. Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia and much of the architecture was built by convict labour.

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