Windows

I’ve Long noticed that many (most) of the homes I have seen in New Jersey have very few windows. Especially the larger homes. It’s as though some architect found inspiration in a box with small holes. The kind of box you use to transport small rodents home from the pet store. I’ve see homes where…

Windows was originally published on Island in the Net

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  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—1 October, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—35mm
  • ISO—560
  • Shutter speed—1/250s

I’ve Long noticed that many (most) of the homes I have seen in New Jersey have very few windows. Especially the larger homes. It’s as though some architect found inspiration in a box with small holes. The kind of box you use to transport small rodents home from the pet store.

I’ve see homes where the entire side of the home is paved in vinyl save for one small and forlorn window. This is usually the side of the house with a two car garage. Why can’t garages have windows? It’s not like people parks cars in garages anymore. The garage is a place to store all the stuff that used to be in the basement. The windowless basement has been finished and no longer looks good with all that junk.

Windows image, Windows 20171001 1

  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—1 October, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—35mm
  • ISO—400
  • Shutter speed—1/250s

So when did the “War on Windows” start? Was it around the time Americans stopped decorating rooms with personal items? When beige and white became the best colours because you know “resale value”. Not all cities in the USA are lacking in colour. South Carolina, Florida, and California have some very colourful cities. Maybe it’s a northern USA issue.

It’s the same inside most office buildings. Beige carpeting. White walls. Grey cubicles. No light. The office building where I work has small windows on the outer wall. That’s where the directors sit. Staff sit in cubicles running along the inner walls. No windows.

Windows image, Windows 20171001 2
Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University
  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—1 October, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—35mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—1/250s

When my wife and I looked to buy our home 15 years ago one of the things we loved was how many windows we had. And how much light they let in. If you’ve followed this blog for more than a moment you’ll know that I’m from the West Indies. I’m not a fan of winter. It’s grey and white and beige. It’s the same colour scheme as the inside (and outside) of the average New Jersey home.

I prefer the light. I prefer warmth. I prefer big windows.

Windows image, Khurt Williams black lowresmobile 128

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Windows was originally published on Island in the Net

Author: Khürt Williams

Somewhere in the woods, streams and streets of Montgomery Township, Rocky Hill and Princeton Township, there is a Caribbean-American man walking around with a camera. Or maybe he’s at home sipping a brew from a nearby craft ale brewery.

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