Minimalist Photographs Showing the View Through an Alaskan Cabin Window


When photographer Mark Meyer wakes up every morning in Alaska, the first thing he notices is the view through his room’s windows. Over time, he began to notice that this view took on a wide range of appearances across different times and seasons (mostly cold weather). He then started capturing a casual series of photographs that show the abstract, minimalist views that appear due to the rain, snow, and fog. The project is called An Alaska Window.

Here’s what Meyer tells us about his project:

I live in Alaska in a log house that’s about 100 years old. It has these interesting, old (though not energy efficient), single-paned sash windows. They are at the foot of my bed and are normally the first thing I see in the morning. I noticed over the years that they are constantly changing with the weather and seasons, occasionally in interesting ways. They ice up in the winter, collect leaves in the fall, and occasionally steam up in the summer. So I started taking photos of them and the scene outside—mostly with the iPhone, but occasionally I’ll lug the dSLR up there. It has gradually turned into a minimalist personal project that’s become a reminder to myself that even the simplest things are interesting if you pay attention. I’ve found it to be good way to start each day, an exercise in seeing and visually exploring a single subject and noticing how it gradually changes over time.





















Check out the entire series of photographs here. You can also find more of Meyer’s work over on his photography website.

Thanks for sending in the tip, Art!

Image credits: Photographs by Mark Meyer and used with permission

  • Sean Israelson

    Such stunning natural photos, would love to see what the entire cabin looked like! Where about in Alaska is this?

  • Traceykinohio

    Totally beautiful. I would do the same thing. Cool idea!

  • Mark Meyer

    Thanks Sean, I’m in Eagle River, which is about a half hour from downtown Anchorage.

  • Abram Gotthardt

    i used to watch marks dog, great guy and great photographer!

  • Duke Shin

    I really don’t see anything special here. Sorry for being an ignorant pleb.

  • Kodachrome64

    Apology accepted.

  • herzco

    Simple and lovely. Or I should say deceptively simple – It is really difficult to shoot this way and have the results be so profound. Beautiful.

  • Bgrady413

    It looks to me your houses humidity is waaaay to high! Makes for great photos and a natural filter, however, the mold and mildew probably growing throughout the house is eventually going to make you very sick!
    Now that the series of photos are done, please do something about that! As a window guy pictures like that make me cringe of the heat loss and potential health hazards involved.

  • peteroiler11

    you of course never lived in freezing cold weather, and have no clue what you ‘re talking about, as temperatures drop from -30 to -40 C degrees, 90 % of windows look like that in Canada, I know, and I’m still alive ans so is everybody else that lives up North

  • Mark Meyer

    You’re correct Peter. As any photographer knows, you don’t need much humidity to cause condensation with such large temperature differentials. The current humidity in the house is 14%.