When we look at architecture, in our most primordial state, we often do not just see a building but also its face.
When we gaze into this face, its features become more apparent the more we personify them: the textured roof could be its scalp or hair, the chimney could be its ears or even nose, the door could be its mouth, and of course, its eyes would be the windows. This association of human features to some of man's most astounding creations is no different for a shack as it is for a track-house, skyscraper, cathedral, or even a prison.
It is no wonder that when we do stare inquisitively at a building of any kind, our first inclination is to gaze into its eyes and understand better what is truly enclosed beyond its walls. This interaction is one that is innate in just about every child and perhaps what is often more curious about these observations is how some people forget to see faces in every enclosed space that they happen to inhabit. Given some perspective- our varying forms of shelter are often a product or even the spawn of those who "birthed" them and they definitively reflect the emotions elicited by their purpose.
Enter the building captured in this photograph by Steve Richard in Portugal. Its entire face is obscured for the most part by the way in which he framed the photo, but the focus or subject matter is clear: Richard wants us to see its eye. He wants to show us more than what we already know about this building, more than we can infer about its decrepit walls, its blue tones, and its ornate street sign fading off into the upper corner.... He wants to show us more than we know.
"Call Me", the moniker of Stockholm's Anna Norden Ströms, is an act that is featured on the Swedish record label aptly named Luxury. Promoting the release of her newest track, "Disclosed", on the label's Soundcloud after less than a month has already garnered well above 3,000 listens and it is a count that is ever-growing. "Disclosed" begins with a rhythmic drum pattern that changes subtly throughout the duration of the song and eventually it gives life to a synthesized key progression... Eventually, Anna's inquisitive lyrics burst into the fold and direct that same progression into a dramatic crescendo. The emphatic declarations within the closing bars of the track command the theme of this post: "And I can show you more than you know."
A reminder that we must always take a fair look into any set of "eyes" we come across in our day-to-day for their allure can sometimes mask something far more profound.
+Image via These Tings
This post was created in collaboration with illetante