Friday, March 21, 2008

Watery windows

This morning as I walked back through the living room after drawing open the drapes, a dance of patterned light caught my eye. An amazing river of light was reflected on the wall from the morning sun shining through the front windows. The living room windows of this old house are original handmade glass from 1908, as you can see from the "reams" and "seeds" (glaziers' terms for waves and air bubbles) that are cast onto the wall. The softness and warmth that this window casts into the house cannot be replicated by newer standard machine - produced windows. From the '50s onwards, flat light from "perfect" windows replaced the dancing watery "imperfect" windows of the past.

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