â€œI think every city has its own way that people connect to their neighbors. In LA itâ€™s through the car window. In New York, I think itâ€™s through the apartment window.â€
I love the grand scale and sense of intimacy of these photos, which couldn’t be a more perfect way of capturing the experience of living in New York.
What began as a fascination with the view from her own apartment window became a deeper exploration of how we New Yorkers like to spy on each other from the safety of our own apartments. (Get us on the subway though, and we won’t dare to meet each others’ gaze!)
Some of the photos set up a “conversation” between the views from windows that look onto each other. Halaban took photos from her friends’ apartments, and then tracked down the neighbour upon whom they looked, in order to snap the reverse shot.
What results are some surprisingly personal stories and insights into people’s everyday lives.
Halaban says the project exposed her to a lot of different people – some with views of a dreary supermarket and other with sweeping views of Central Park – but the mundane details of everday life “remind me we’re all kind of alike and have a way of connecting.”
Check our Gail Albert Halaban’s blog here.