Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam are creatives at BLKJ Singapore and Leo Burnett Singapore respectively. Husband and wife, they got to do iso together. But that didn’t stop it from becoming boring…
“We were getting quite tired of the lockdown view from our windows,” Ranjit recalls. “So we created a place on the internet where we can look through an open window somewhere else in the world. My husband, Vaishnav, and I created this little project called to help beat our lockdown blues. Because, let’s face it, it’s going to be a while before we travel again and wake up to a new view outside our windows. So until then, why not voyeuristically travel by looking out of somebody else window for a while?”
Their site, www.Window-swap.com is fun – a collection of full-page 10-minute videos of window views – with sound, and with the name and location of the “owner” of each view (“for bragging rights – feels good to see your window up there,” Ranjit notes).
Who wouldn’t put their hand up for a vicarious travel experience right now? The real thing is a long way away.
Since putting out a call for entries, the couple has received submissions from over 15 countries ranging from India, Argentina, France, UK, Colombia and to Sweden, Singapore and Thailand.
Want to submit a view? Just send a 5-10 minute, horizontal, locked shot video, ideally with part of their window frame/balcony door frame seen in the shot, to email@example.com.
“We hope this way of ‘travelling without moving’ will give the world as much joy as it has given us,” Ranjit stated.
[The cover window “belongs” to Guillaume Bailey in La Boule, France]