Sitting huddled against a window, face pressed against the cold glass, warm cup of tea in hand — lost deep in through to the pitter patter of raindrops outside. This is a position in which we have all certainly found ourselves. Enchanted by the sheer beauty of the elements while wishing to observe them from nowhere else than the sanctity of one’s home. The Icelanders call this weather gluggaveður.
Gluggaveður loosely translates to window-weather, a climate most enjoyed through a window. According to Iceland Magazine it is weather which is lovely to look at, but unpleasant to be outside in. It actually goes well with the concept of hygge as well! So, how does this weather manifest visually?
Try to picture yourself looking outside your window on a stormy day. Instead of seeing harsh winds and unforgiving rain, you see quiet and hypnotic pitter-patter of raindrops on your window sill. Or how about clear skies and sunlight illuminating the snow-covered landscapes, making you forget just how cold it is! Or a view from your cool room looking out at a warm-colored flower garden on a scorching hot summer day.
What to do on a gluggaveður day? Photograph, of course! Use your window as the frame of your image. Treat the outside world as if it's another dimension. It's all comfortable and mundane indoors, but messy and beautiful through the glass. You can create daring contrasts between what goes on inside and outside. You might also want to toy with angles with a Fisheye No. 2 for a quirky perspective.
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