Photographer Snaps a Million Photos Out His Window in Two Years

How creative could you be if you could only photograph through a single window your house? That’s the kind of self-limitation South Korean photographer Ahae placed on himself. His photography, titled Through My Window, features a million nature photographs captured over the past two years through a single window in his studio. He snaps a staggering 2,000 to 4,000 from his window every single day, rain or shine, documenting the story of the landscape and wildlife through that single point of view.

Ahae’s wildlife shots are taken with super telephoto lenses, while his scenery photos were taken using a variety of medium format cameras.

The artist says that his project has a theme of cherishing the nature around us:

Ahae’s aim is not just to produce wonderful photographs; he also wants to open everyone’s eyes to be able to see the wealth of life that is right there beside them if they just look out of the window. Capturing, as he does, the passing of time and the beauty of the nature surrounding him, the message Ahae broadcasts to the world as he exhibits his photographs comes through loud and clear: open your eyes, see the amazing and very precious natural world around you, and do whatever you can to protect it before it is too late. Ahae wishes to make people aware of their immediate surroundings. Today, there are many voices that cry out for awareness in regard to global warming and other environmental issues, but such matters are very difficult for individuals to embrace in their daily lives.

His project has been exhibited everywhere from the Louvre in Paris to the Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

You can check out Ahae’s collection of Through My Window photos over on his website. It’s amazing how diverse the photographs are, given that they were all taken from the same spot.

(via Photojojo)

  • Jonathan Maniago

    I guess he doesn’t have to worry about bears.

  • ray vera

    Wait, that’s his yard?

  • OSAM

    Interesting premise. Extraordinarily boring result. Looking through the whole thing, I may have found a handful that I’d call “keepers”. And he’s getting an exhibition at the Louvre…

  • michaelp42

    What a boring collection his “best” photos are… Over hyped and great marketing!

  • monteraz

    4000 photos… in one day… from the same window???? :/

  • Neoracer Xox

    yea but look where he f***ing lives..try doin that with the view of a parking lot lol

  • Neoracer Xox

    yea its one of those ‘elephant shites on a canvas and sells for 5 million’

  • Neoracer Xox

    wait! Did you see the colors changing from winter thru summer?!?!! Unheard of brilliance!!!

  • mmm

    Is that hard to believe?

  • Samcornwell

    5Dm2 shutter life = about 1000,000-150,000 photos.
    How many cameras do you think he’s been through?

    Call me a pessimist but, I have a feeling 2,000,000 might be an exaggeration.

  • Samcornwell

    Also, how dare anyone say his photos are boring.

  • evanR

    That’s the life of the shutter mechanism, not the camera. Even when the shutter fails, its only $200 to repair.

  • sierrarobba

    Snapshot out of the window.WEEKLY SOCIAL INTERACTION DONE!

  • Samcornwell

    And when his shutter is being repaired, what will he use?

  • Aiki

    Why he calls himself a photographer? Man with a camera at the window.

  • El Exehente

    What a trouser pilot

  • Dee

    Another camera?

  • Markoe

    Haven’t seen his images and but do commend him on his marketing and adventure. As a landscape photographer myself, that seems like a lot of images of one venue not to mention that maybe 4,000 images a day is a stretch. Do the math, say you’re shooting 18 hours a day (have to sleep, eat, bath, pay bills,….) that would be a photo every 15 seconds….. Oh, and post processing time, upload time, print time, etc. There is more time is setting up the shot and post processing than anything else.

  • Steven Alan

    I find it quite interesting.

  • Nobody

    Oh to be unemployed.

  • rtfe

    best comment of the week

  • Cildydd

    I went to the exhibition in Paris. It is not at the Louvre, but in a tent in the Tuileries Gardens near the Louvre. This is a free exhibition.
    Approximately 50 photos are exposed. Some take an entire wall and are backlit. Most were printed with a special technique, the result approaches watercolors.
    The picture quality is uneven. Some, like the reflections in the water are quite amazing though very simple. Other pictures as animals are more documentary than wildlife photography.
    I asked one of the guides how he could have technically done from 2000 to 4000 pictures per day (almost a picture every 20 seconds) but the response was not very clear.
    She just said he had several cameras with several different lenses on a table in front of his window and depending on what he wanted to shoot he chose one or an other.

  • Dave

    I wear my beret indoors too. That way my houseplants are always aware of my hipster status.

  • Viral Videos

    Quite impressive!

  • seriesrover2

    Looks like a great location, but unless there’s something I’m missing, what kind of variety does one get from doing that…I can imagine perhaps a total of couple of thousand keepers.

    3,000 images a day is a photograph on average one every 12 seconds, for 10 hours a day, for about 730 days…

  • Ben Mcentire

    art is all in how you capture it, not what you capturing…. I seen some pretty nice shots out of an apartment window… it’s life capture it dude!!!

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    People are always so quick to mock others efforts, I commend him – I spend a lot of time at my window when I’m not elsewhere shooting and it’s very, very difficult to do what this guy is doing – he has amazing commitment. I wouldn’t be able to do what he’s doing.

  • Isaac Lew

    I guess the key important thing here is to keep explore the same places over and over and over again to find out multiple opportunities. It doesn’t really matter if he’s got a good or great image. It’s his beliefs and diligence that we should be commending him. Cheer!

  • Noypistuff

    how much storage did he need for that? I can’t imagine…

  • tom brown

    South Korea…that’s the free side, right? Get rid of that ankle monitor & find something interesting, like North Korea.

  • Charleen Borchers

    If I had his view and his camera I would have no problem. I can take over 300 pic’s just taking a walk in the park.

  • 11

    I can shoot 2073600 images per day. My webcam can do 24fps, HD, I will keep it out of window. Oh wait, I can install a whole bunch on every corner.

  • Sebastian Vergara

    Did you mean 100,000-150,000? (I’m really asking)… I also think that 2000-4000 pictures a day from a sigle point of view is far more than an exaggeration! lol makes just no sense…

  • Sebastian Vergara

    Really? good to know!, thanks!… I really thought I had to buy another camera after the shutter “RIPs”

  • Sebastian Vergara

    Reminds me of Lars Von Trier and his “obstuctions”…

  • Kevin Dowling

    What an incredible project. So much respect being sent your way. I joked and toyed with the idea of trying to create a million images but the task always seemed so unattainable. Your commitment to this project is both inspiring and important. Well done.

  • 9inchnail

    Your 15 minutes of fame might be right around the corner. Go for it, dude.

  • 9inchnail

    “It doesn’t really matter if he’s got a good or great image”

    Ehm, yeah, it does.Or else, why even bother? Unless you have some sort of fetish and get off hearing the shutter sound. I wouldn’t judge, that sound is kinda sexy.

  • John Kantor

    Another stupid photography project. So what else is new?

  • Jason

    Autistic much?

  • Name

    As far as I understand, the premise is the most important part of the work. Just like the elephant dung on canvas – imagine if the splatter created such beauty that it forced you to think outside of the fact that it were only dung. Imagine if you noticed the print first and the dung second. If an artist could accomplish such a ridiculous feat I’d be impressed. It’s always helpful to remember that some people see street art as nothing but a crime no matter how beautiful, despite the fact that the “public and assertive” aspect is the entire premise of the art.

  • 11

    “not a lot of them are “keepers”. who. cares” well, I care, because then why say “I shot 4000 images”.. using large numbers just to create an awe.. we all know that is bs.

    No one is putting restraint on that person. By having an exhibit you are inviting people to look at it — people have the right to critique now.. and this is what is happening in this forum. This whole thing is pretty much a marketing push rather than art.

  • 11

    I think I care more about information pollution rather than 15mins for FLAME.

  • whatever

    Many more things going on in a parking lot in a city than in a field…

  • Donna

    I just saw the exhibition in Paris. Truly amazing work and presented in unexpected ways.

  • Collins

    I agree, We can do a lot of shooting with a view from a parking lot.

    But still.. have to admit that this guy has an amazing view from his window….

  • starmartyr

    We need less parking lots and more nature, maybe that is the lesson.

  • starmartyr

    He’s a photographer… that would be his profession. If you are good at something make it your job.

  • William Zhang

    Looks at bump on top of the camera’s viewfinder, thinks for a second, answering myself: Oh it’s a 1Ds Mark III with 28-300L… Sigh looks like I AM a gear head after all!

  • Andy C

    Great marketing? You can’t buy your way to exhibit works at the Louvre Museum.