You don’t have to wander too far to find something that’s worthy of a brilliant photography series. Take photographer Alper Yesiltas for example. This Turkish lawyer-cross-artist photographed the same exact window for 12 years, until its building was demolished.
The beauty of this photo series is that Yesiltas proves even the most ordinary subject makes for a great story. As you can see from each picture, the window changes throughout the seasons — from sunny days to snowy winters — and finally, he captures the window’s demise (which almost feels a little sad as you scroll through the series).
Story Of An Unknown Window We all desire to know how we are perceived and how we are understood by others. We want to act by fully perceiving the reflection of our existence in others' eyes, and therefore by controlling the impression we have on people we encounter for the very first time. However, very few of us can achieve this as it takes some time. The first words that come to mind (warm, distant, introverted, extroverted) after meeting new people are not enough to fully define their reflection. Consider the reflection as a painting. Although we look at the final version, in fact, paintings comprise many small and big details. These details are not created at the same time in a minute, they are born in the course of time, they slowly find their places within the big picture, and they eventually are presented to the audience. The first impression that Mona Lisa leaves on us is actually the consequence of a 15-year thinking period. Let’s say, the painting represents the world we see from our window, and the painter represents the window itself. As I said before, it is not possible to define the world we see from the window with only a couple of words, as it constantly changes. Moreover, even if you desire looking at the same exact view you saw the first time, you have to wait for some time to capture it again. In this waiting period, you'll see so many views of the world, so to speak, the world shows you all its views just like a painting (Let's remember that Da Vinci also saw the exact same image of Mona Lisa that sparkled in his mind, just after the world rotated around the sun for 15 times) Accordingly, after experiencing for some time, you will need more profound expressions, like "it is empty, everything is balanced, unjust, etc." to define the world. You will not be content with the simple words like "sunny, windy, hot" any more. People also deserve more profound definitions than we associate them at the first sight. (Thx @aylinyslts !)
Alper Yesiltas started capturing the window in 2005 after realizing he was the only person who would have that exact angle of it.
“From the idea that I’ll be the only person who will see that window, I decided to take photos of it in different seasons and put them side by side,” he told 121 Clicks.
“It started like this. It was in 2005, I kept shooting it until May 1, 2017, the day I took the last photo.”
Sadly, the window’s building was demolished in May of 2017. But like a true artist, Yesiltas makes sure to indulge us with one last picture. It’s almost poetic, the last, tragic shot of Yesiltas’ 12-year photography subject.