‘Sometimes I’m walking with my girlfriend, and I’m like “Whoa look at that window!”
Its an addiction.’
– Andre Vicente Goncalves
We’ve all sat near our windows with a cup of Hot Chocolate as well as a fresh copy of Wuthering Heights, and watched the world pass by the other side, dreaming to the best of our imaginations.
But have you ever stepped out onto the thoroughfare and glanced at your own window, the thin separation between your cosy abode and the outer streets?
Andre Vicente Goncalves, 28 year old Portuguese Photographer, like all of us at some point in our lives, wasn’t sure what he wanted to pursue – and went with Computer Science initially. But upon realising that the nature lover within him wasn’t getting due attention, Andre moved on to do a Photography Bachelor’s Degree in the Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies, and he graduated with honours.
At a young age, being brought up by a Falconry master, within the protected premises of the Tapada National Park, in sync with boars, deer and birds of prey, Andre took a natural inclination towards the environment and adventure.
Then what was it that made Andre Goncalves shoot the exotic series – Windows of the World?
Windows for us are a basic element of architecture. Almost like Clichés. They are the mediator between two different spaces, the continuity between two worlds. Andre Goncalves makes time and effort to acknowledge these architectural elements.He shoots each window from a distance, for the lines to fall as straight as possible. The frames, hinges, mullions and sills are all tiny little details that add to the beauty of the whole composition.
Each unique window is shot separately, and then combined into a grid of extraordinary fenestrations that enhance each other’s vibrancy. This project requires a keen eye and a sense of composition, aesthetics and alignment.
It’s truly amazing how a rectangular box, repeated several times can visually move one so much? What Andre captures through his Canon Telephoto Lens and shows the entire world is magical. Whether is Pop Art or the Classic style, the natural colours and patterns of the windows and walls adjoining it are worthy of being called the identity of a region.
They architecturally define a city, showcase a culture, tell the story of a particular tradition, and stir interest in the onlooker.
Deviating from tulips and setting suns, this Portuguese genius captures brilliantly the hues and tones of what he calls ‘A big evolution from just a hole in the wall’, and finds it amusing how a thin piece of glass separating the interior and exterior gives people a feeling of security.
He expresses his wish to continue shooting in Barcelona, Russia and China. So how many windows has Andre Goncalves stunningly seized until now?
3600 and counting!
Written by: Ekshikaa