Menton, France, 21-Jul-2011

Windows is this week’s #frifotos theme on twitter. This piece below is also called Windows, from Le Spleen de Paris (1864), by Charles Baudelaire, which I now want to read start-to-finish. Enjoy and may your weekend dazzle like a window lighted by a single candle.

Looking from outside into an open window one never sees as much as when one looks through a closed window. There is nothing more profound, more mysterious, more pregnant, more insidious, more dazzling than a window lighted by a single candle. What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what goes on behind a windowpane. In that black or luminous square life lives, life dreams, life suffers.

Bob Marley is everywhere. Window, Moscow, 16-Mar 2006

Across the ocean of roofs I can see a middle-aged woman, her face already lined, who is forever bending over something and who never goes out. Out of her face, her dress, and her gestures, out of practically nothing at all, I have made up this woman’s story, or rather legend, and sometimes I tell it to myself and weep.

Looking for something. Linz, Austria, 30-Jan-2008

If it had been an old man I could have made up his just as well.

And I go to bed proud to have lived and to have suffered in someone besides myself.

Poreč, Istria, Croatia, 17-Jun-2010

Perhaps you will say “Are you sure that your story is the real one?” But what does it matter what reality is outside myself, so long as it has helped me to live, to feel that I am, and what I am?


Kasbah of the Udayas, Rabat, Morocco, 04-Jun-2011
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23-Jan-2011
Sarajevo, 28-Jun-2011
Off-season at the Green Dollars Bar, Galissas, Island of Syros, Greece, 12-Nov-2008
Piran, Slovenia, 04-Apr 2005
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    This is brilliant! Am I the only one who years to turn the page and read more?!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing this and the perfect images to go with it! Z

    1. BobR says

      No, you’re not the only one. 🙂 I’ve been fascinated with Baudelaire the last month since I finished Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids. She mentioned Baudelaire A LOT.

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