I confess to "having a good stare" whenever I walk about. I stare unabashedly at whatever objects seize my sensibilities or my camera's lens--architecture, nature, art--all with an eye toward stealing snippets and vignettes--photo treasures to take home for ever-longer stares. I'm particularly partial to windows and how they're decorated.
This window seems out of place on a German cobblestone street lined with shops. It hints of a cathedral or abbey but the space behind the windows has a semi-commercial quality. I wonder if the purpose of the building was altered by changes brought on by the Reformation--the window glass is missing but the side curtain of ivy softens the edges.
While pausing at an outdoor cafe in the heart of Austria's idyllic Salzkammeregut Lake District one morning, I am charmed by the cafe's main building and its eyes to the world. Everywhere in this fanciful Mozart-ish country, windows spill brilliant floral waterfalls from their ledges.
I'm enchanted by domestic scenes. This Italian window with a bamboo canopy for grapevines brings me to a standstill--so practical, so simple. Small-space decorating often comes up in my editorial work and this seems like a wonderful idea to pass on to others...a good example of getting the most from a tiny space.