3 September 2009

How to frame a view

Mughal architects were masters of framing a view—it struck me in every palace and fort we visited. Maybe because of the tradition of purdah? Jaali screens and jharokhas were early two-way mirrors.

Uninterrupted panoramas have their place but there’s something to be said for careful framing and limitations. I’m looking for modern examples...

1, 2. The Taj Mahal and Udaipur’s Monsoon Palace, my photos 3. A garden view at the Sheraton in Egypt, Mnadi 4. Hospitality as art, by Toni Meneguzzo for Casa da abitare, October ’02 5. Framed landscape in Denmark, Knudsburg 6. Hotel Aire de Bardenas via 2 or 3 things