A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Windows at Night

Hi guys, it's Britt. I have a confession to make:  I'm a bit of a Peeping Tom. It started when I was a kid riding in the backseat of the car at night. I'd try to catch glimpses into the windows of houses we passed. A table set for dinner. Someone reading in an armchair. An ugly painting on the wall. All of these things I imagined as little clues to people's lives. 

And I still like to look in windows at night. 
(This is where I start to sound creepy, don't I?) 

Before you answer that question, let me say that I think inspiration is everywhere. It's not about standing and gawking at the people inside, more just catching a glimpse while passing. And letting that glimpse become a seed for a story. 

I'm actually kind of nuts about it. Once, I took the Greyhound across the country, from Toronto to Halifax, just to look out the window of the bus. 

Check out the "Homes at Night" photography of Todd Hido. http://www.toddhido.com/

He uses film and natural light, and does the first prints himself in a darkroom, (which being an old-fashioned girl, I love). When you arrive at his site, click on "photographs," "homes at night," "houses" to see what I mean.

Todd Hido, Homes at Night 2690
Some of these photographs of houses at night are a little spooky, even for me. But don't they make you wonder what's going on in there? What are these people's lives like? What are their days like? Their secrets? Their fears? 

Have an inspired weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday for a new story. 


1 comment:

  1. I love looking in windows at night but for different reasons, I love to see what people are doing with their decor : >