Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.–Carl Jung

Throughout our lives, we straddle two dimensions–the personal and private inside us and the public and external outside of us.  These two realms interact with each other and influence the way we view the world and how we live.  In fact, according to the great psychologist Carl Jung, our true mission in life has very little to do with our exterior world.  Instead, it is to explore what is deep inside us.

This inherent tension and interplay between “inside” and “outside” is apparent in our architecture as well.  For me, it is fertile ground for the imagination and creativity.

The exterior cannot do without the interior since it is from this, as from life, that it derives much of its inspiration and character.Stephen Gardiner

For example, let’s take the shot of the saleswoman who caught my eye as we were walking down Newbury Street.   The shop door was thrown open on this warm night and I captured her from the sidewalk as she got ready to close up for the night.   in this shot, the distinction between “inside” the physical space and “outside” is blurred– except for the overhead lights and wood floor.  The weathered walls could have easily been the exterior walls of an old farmhouse or barn.

Store clerk through the shop window.  Newbury Street, Boston

Salesperson through the shop window. Newbury Street, Boston

In the next shot taken of the courtyard inside the Brooklyn Museum, the architects’ design includes skylights which use external light to illuminate the interior space.  The translucent floor glass panels reflect light from above and below.  This space reminds me of the open air courtyards at the center of Roman villas created  thousands of years ago.

Interior courtyard, the Brooklyn Museum

Interior courtyard, the Brooklyn Museum

In this last shot of the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, architects literally brought the outside into the interior space.  They did this by erecting a huge glass wall, which brings in the view of highrise apartments along Fifth Avenue.  This space also showcases an archeological ruin–the Egyptian Temple of Dendur, erected thousands of years ago in the Sahara.  You almost feel the desert heat embedded into the stone, etched with hieroglyphs.

At the Temple of Dendur, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

At the Temple of Dendur, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In your photography, do you look for the blurred line between exterior and interior?  Is it inspiring for you too?  Why?


24 replies »

  1. Very nice take on the challenge, really lovely inside views; I especially liked the display of the egyptian piece at the Met and by the way thanks for the ping by the way. Have a great week.


  2. Love both photos! So interesting with your thoughts about the blurring of inside and outside. The last photo of the Egyptian temple and the view outside the glass wall/window is an incredible shot.


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