The City Panorama Project: ‘Windows’
‘Windows’ (view it larger here) was the only panorama created entirely from images I had shot before taking part in the City Panorama class at PCNW. In search of inspiration, I was looking through my archives for work that might lend itself well to the 4:1 format, and I found some photos I shot from below Pike Place Market, aimed back up at the structure, and specifically its windows. I had a pair of three-window images which overlapped, and when I stitched them together in Photoshop, they fit the format perfectly.
But windows alone weren’t special. I wanted to make them float, as if they were adrift in the sky. I pulled an image of sunset-lit clouds I had taken from the top of Mauna Kea, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and mapped it to the wall surrounding the windows.
To add to the effect, in the windows themselves I added forms of pigeons I had photographed at Alki Beach in West Seattle. In one photo, they were flying, and on another there were many birds sitting on telephone wires. With a little Photoshop masking trickery, the flying pigeons were trapped within the window glass, but two on a wire sat in the fourth, more open window, their thin perch strung across an expanse of sky, playing a mind game with the viewer.