View from my window is an inclusive project set up to connect people from around the globe during COVID-19. While lockdown, self-isolation or quarantine (whatever your country is calling it) is our new reality, the unifying directive from this crowd is to #stayhome.
As a result of this message, the group has surpassed 1.4 million members since it was created on 22 March 2020 by Amsterdam based graphic designer, Barbara Duriau.
To begin with, anyone can be a part of this group, the rules are incredibly simple.
Firstly, post ONE picture of your own ‘view from my window’. That is one post, ever. So make sure you choose your most noteworthy snap, whatever it is that is your current reality.
Some have posted sweeping views over rolling hills. Others have captured envy-inducing aqua tones from beachfront abodes. Then you have a few that are posting a reality faced by many. Towering walls laced with cracks or electrical wiring strung up between poles like Christmas lights.
Besides having a new opportunity to connect with others, if you’re wanting 15 seconds of fame, they choose one photo each day to be the new cover photo within the group.
In a few months ‘View from my window’ may become a nomadic exhibition. Alongside weaving the project into a book and calendar with part of the profits donated to humanitarian associations.
The rest is pure joy as you scroll through and discover the myriad of views from around the world.
From iconic city views in New York, USA.
Breathtaking sunrises in Cape Town, South Africa.
A sparkling skyline in Dubai, UAE.
Wildlife visiting the backyard of a home on Kangaroo Island, Australia.
To breathtaking oceanic landscapes in French Polynesia.
People are not only sharing their photographic views, some are using their accompanying caption as a cathartic form of therapy. Humans are opening their hearts and sharing their most vulnerable thoughts and feelings.
We are all isolated to varying degrees which has a lot of people feeling lonely. As a community we need connection and right now, that contact needs to be electronic. This is why a community like ‘View from my window’ leave us feeling warm and fuzzy.
As travellers and as humans, having that glimpse of the outside world from someone else’s eyes brightens up your feed each day. Each time I’ve seen a post, I’ve paused. They evoke curiosity as you wonder who that person is and what their life is like. Lastly, these images also let you dream about what your life can look like.
If you haven’t joined ‘View from my window’ yet, jump in here and see what all the talk is about.