SCENE THROUGH A GLASS

“Seen through a glass, darkly.” is a statement that our view of reality is always imperfect, incomplete, perhaps even reversed — but the biblical quotation goes on to imply that our vision will eventually clear. Is that intended literally or as metaphor? In either case I doubt it.

 

The “glass” through which you see these scenes is the camera’s lens, a window, a looking-glass (mirror), and often all of the above.. Once in a great while — these photographs span well over 20 years — I see through a glass, darkly, a scene both so enigmatic and so alluring that I cannot resist  photographing it.

Scene Throug a Glass #41

Scene Throug a Glass #41

Sound View Cafe, Pike Place Market

Scene Through a Glass #42

Scene Through a Glass #42

Shop Window, Chicago 1997

Scene Through a Glass #37

Scene Through a Glass #37

Le Vintage Cafe, Honfluer

Scene Through a Glass #34

Scene Through a Glass #34

Squire Barber Shop, Seattle

Scene Through a Glass #31

Scene Through a Glass #31

Granville Island, Vancouver B.C.

Scene Through a Glass #30

Scene Through a Glass #30

Junk Store Window, South Lake Union

Scene Through a Glass #29

Scene Through a Glass #29

Signal Mirror

Scene Through a Glass #38

Scene Through a Glass #38

Self-portrait in mirror

Scene Through a Glass #27

Scene Through a Glass #27

You are being watched.

Scene Through a Glass #07

Scene Through a Glass #07

Eclipse Hat Shop

Scene Through a Glass #14

Scene Through a Glass #14

National Gallery, Washington D.C.

Scene Through a Glass #35

Scene Through a Glass #35

Café de Fruits de Mer, Honfleur

Scene Through a Glass #03

Scene Through a Glass #03

Occidental Square, Seattle

Scene Through a Glass #20

Scene Through a Glass #20

David Ishii, Bookseller