We like to frame things.
We frame it to enhance it, to highlight it, to detach it from what surrounds it.
A 'photo' is already framed.
One can't imagine a picture without a frame, whether it's square, rectangular, round or any other shape, the picture has a limited frame.
The frame of an image evokes a kind of intimacy which reflects what is precious to us.
So precious, that if you cut out the frame, whatever the subject inside is, it doesn't leave you indifferent.
Or if you tear it up, it evokes an intimate tear, a memory.
In this finite universe, we like to recall what is inside and what is outside. The frame is a boundary between the inside and the outside, between what is within the frame and what is outside. We have fun with this border, by transgressing it, by mixing what is inside and what is outside. It is as if we need to be reassured, to tell ourselves, that we can bring together two worlds, the one outside and the one inside.
We also like to imagine frames everywhere, frames with an unreal size or unlikely shape.
One of the most revealing points is that when we try to take pictures of our world, we like to find natural settings or frames everywhere... It's as if we need to mark a specific point on the image where we want you to look and not elsewhere.
But the most evocative frame in photography is undoubtedly the window.
This framework can evokes tenderness.
The following two images evoke the love for our children.
A window also can refer to the human condition.
A window also can refer to the vastness of our world...
The window is part of architecture, the fruit of human intelligence. Windows are the best way to reveal our world through the framework.
This framework can be incredibly complex.
But sometimes it also can be confusingly simple.
In all these cases, there is a duality between what is within the frame and what is not.
Showing our world sometimes comes down to its simplest expression which is freedom.
To end this article, I like to show you my favourite frame.
And what about you, what's your favourite?