The Window Project: is from 2009, and because it was done in Flash I was forced to transform it as you see it here, into an mp4. The technology, thankfully continues to grow, but if we are not careful there are things that might well disappear. Consider this to be a “saved” piece of the past.
About the “Window” Project
Upon hearing about this project in its earliest conceptual stage my friend Gary described his experience of looking into a window located in a heavily industrial section of London. He said that it was late morning on a weekend, and that the normally busy streets were deserted. The street was lined with row upon row of old warehouses. He happened to notice that one of the typically shuttered windows was open. As he walked along he couldn’t help but to look in, and then he quickly looked away. Deep inside the darkened interior of that warehouse was a single battered wooden chair bathed perfectly in a shaft of sun from a skylight overhead. Draped over the chair, shining in that yellow light, was a silken negligee. It was light blue in color and trimmed in a delicate lace. Gary felt quite embarrassed. He felt that he shouldn’t have looked; he shouldn’t have seen… that perhaps he had invaded someone’s privacy. At the same time he wished he could go back and have another look, but of course he did not. I wonder, does everyone have an experience similar to Gary’s? I know I do. Yes, I look. To me it seems natural. Gary couldn’t help what he saw. After all, the window was open.
Windows are so much parts of the world we live in they’ve become to us much like the air we breathe. They are so common they are like grains of sand on a beach. They are, indeed, in so many ways, invisible to us even beyond their own clarity. We pass them by. We notice them. But do we really see them, and if we do see them, do we feel right in actually looking at them? This is the question that I began this project with, and my experience in filming has borne out the idea that sometimes it is totally appropriate to look, and other times there is that unspoken unacknowledged social taboo that tells us that to take the time to look is somehow – wrong. This sense of doing something that felt voyeuristic came mostly at night when the reversal of the light balance caused the interiors to shine out as displays to the world, and those people safe inside had no idea that anyone might be looking in.
A few days after beginning this project I looked up the definition of “window” and found much to my surprise that the available descriptions are somewhat lacking, in that they rely almost exclusively on the idea that a window is something “that has been constructed by humans to allow light in and a view out.” Further, many of the descriptions actually contained the word window to describe what a window is. Obviously, there is room for me to interpret what these things are. I would define a window as: a break in a wall – of any kind – through which what lies beyond can be seen.
Thirty Days in Sixty Seconds
Winter into Spring 2016 Portland, Oregon. I used an old iPhone taped to my front window with a Time Lapse app. What a wonderful place to live.
Red Head Talking
Making English Your 2nd Language (MEY2L)
Feature project: an original script titled, Igniting Water. Written by Jonathan Ellis, Joyia D. Bradley and Georgina Young-Ellis.
“As the price of fuel soars, a young scientist (Jacob Bremen) is on the verge of a breakthrough with a formula that will make fossil fuels basically obsolete. Jacob must figure out a way to make it viable and get it into the public’s hands before a major oil corporation either gets a hold of it or destroys him. As a young boy, he witnessed the death of his parents at their hands. Now that same corporation has got his brother working for them. Jacob must convince his friends and loved ones to rally on his side and help him unlock the secrets to the clues his father left for him. Igniting Water is a fast -paced yet down-to earth green thriller with humor and heart, based in the here-and-now.”
In edit: “The Transformation of Welling Court” tracking internationally prominent graffiti muralists as they work their magic on a somewhat rundown neighborhood – turning it into one of the “top ten rated art destinations in New York City” and “Connecting Science and Spirituality – Four Days at Timshel” documenting the work of Dr. Sam Berne as he uses a Korokov camera to capture the light surrounding the fingertips of sixteen people in attendance, and offering readings that become startlingly accurate over the four days of this Pennsylvania retreat.