The view from my window: a photographer captures city life from our most private spaces

The photo project Familiar Views by Romanian-Italian photographer Michele Bressan takes you inside Bucharest flats.

3 May 2020

With millions of people self-isolating at home, the view from our windows and onto the outside world has perhaps never been more significant, or at least constant.

In his ongoing photo series Familiar Views, Romanian-Italian artist Michele Bressan has been exploring domestic visual routine by photographing windows in his friends’ and neighbours’ homes with his 4x5 camera.

“Which perspective is more intimate?” he asks. “The one recording the apartment’s details, or the view outside the window? It could be both, as the two layers blend.”

Since starting the project in 2014, Bressan has managed to create an insider’s perspective on Bucharest’s housing architecture, dominated by socialist modernist tower blocks and the double-glazed windows that have taken over the country since the 90s. He has also taken a snapshot of the objects that animate Romanians’ interior daily lives, ranging from 70s furniture and terracotta, to modern-day religious kitsch and exotic fruit, which were unavailable under communism.

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