by Jann Alexander © 2014 Blue Window
I can’t resist a window. When I travel, I collect images of windows, and their siblings, doors, the way dogs collect fleas: always and everywhere. In New Mexico and Mexico, there are no shortage of windows and doors to photograph, from grand to unsavory, and never without color, texture, vitality. They offer not just beauty but symbolism, with many interpretations—barriers, or portals? Possibilities or impediments? Beginnings or endings? For me, imagining what might lie behind them is enough to stoke my creative fantasies. ORDER A PRINT.
Sundown at Mayte’s by Jann Alexander © 2013
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Red Church, Blue Window by Jann Alexander © 2012
A Window Into Casas Grande by Jann Alexander ©2014
Last Stop in Casas Grandes by Jann Alexander © 2013
Beckoning by Jann Alexander © 2014
Time Stopped in Izamal by Jann Alexander © 2013
“Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity.”
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As publisher of my creative work, I find my ideas in exploring and recording life's details—just as I've done in writing my historical novel, Dust, and its predecessor, A Habit of Hiding.
My photography focus is the scenic gumbo that is my Vanishing Austin series, and the many other thematic photography collections I've created. In my paintings, I capture the colors of the American southwest and Mexico. For my blog on creativity, Pairings, I explore Texas and beyond, and sometimes indulge in time travel.
I bring it together at JannAlexander.com, where my art meets tech.
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May 22, 2014
Art + Architecture, Art + Collecting, Art + Creativity, Art + Inspiration, Art + Photo, Mission: Mexico
creativity, doors, Mexico, New Mexico, photography, symbolism, Travel, windows
Lovely post and fantastic images Jann! I love them too. And I especially live the image with the person peering through.
Thank you, Shane. Actually didn’t even notice her at the time. Later Photoshop brought her to my attention. Glad to hear you have a similar attraction!
Isn’t it amazing what you find while doing post processing of your own images?
Yes! Don’t get me started. The discovery is the best part!
I love photography windows–and doors–too. I especially like the shadows on yours.
Thank you Barbara. Share a link here if you have some doors and windows to show us.
Amazing interpretation of windows, Jann. Loved the expression “For me, imagining what might lie behind them is enough to stoke my creative fantasies (your words)”. The clicks are also lovely. 🙂
Thank you, Norma. Glad you’re funding inspiration everywhere!
One of my favorite subjects. Plenty to see in New Mexico. 🙂
Thanks for visiting 😀
These are so beautiful. I love the architecture of the Southwest. Were any of these in Taos? Santa Fe?
I too love finding the hidden gems while post-processing!
Yes, Taos, how did you guess? One of my favorite other places, New Mexico, besides your home state. Thank you, Maya.
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