We’ve all caught ourselves entranced by a window reflection at some point or another. You start out wanting to look through to the other side, and find the ghostly image of yourself looking back at you along with everything else that’s over your shoulder. Window reflections are odd, they are a real-life overlay effect, a melding of what is in front of you and what is behind you, suddenly woven together.
An image alone has its own meaning, its one-thousand words. That meaning is altered already when we look at it indirectly, like through a reflection, and altered further when it is intermixed with another image as in the case of window reflections. When we see a translucent reflection in a window like a ghost over the real world behind the glass, these two images give each other new meaning, as if the 1,000 words of each image have engaged in a conversation that yields a completely new symbolic aesthetic. We see the beach outside cast over a bed in a cramped room inside, a woman in her home masked by the reflections of the town she is staring out at, or even a photographer reflected over the subject he is photographing.
In this photo gallery, we see the shots of photographers in the PicsArt community who have captured window reflections to create beautiful art with complex meaning, as they look at the world through the two-sided stories of window reflections.