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Bored of the view from your window? Why not swap it for grazing cows in the rural fields of the Philippines or the dazzling lights of the Manhattan skyline?
Travel may still be restricted, but a new video project will virtually transport you around the world, allowing you to watch the view from someone else’s window. The relaxing footage is just the thing you need after months of lockdown.
The project, titled Window Swap, was created by Sonali Ranjit and her husband Vaishnav Balasubramaniam, two advertising creatives based in Singapore.
Between them, they’ve previously lived and worked in India, Shanghai, Singapore, San Francisco and Stockholm, so spent lockdown wondering how their friends abroad were getting on.
It follows a similar project titled Take Me Elsewhere, created by Negele Hospedales, Mikhail James, Husson Zaman, and Alex Barakat earlier this year. Take Me Elsewhere features still images and an accompanying playlist, while Window Swap features video footage, creating the sense of a live feed.
Ranjit and Balasubramaniam were inspired to create Window Swap after gazing out their window for months in lockdown. “We often wondered how it would be to trade places with our friends, just to be able to see something different outside our windows,” the couple say in a joint email to HuffPost UK.
They initially exchanged footage with a close group of friends – and enjoyed the experience so much they decided to open it up so anyone could join. Now, there are more than 60 videos from 26 countries.
“We loved the experience so much, it really felt like an escape,” they say. “Even though we’re not as contained in our houses anymore, travel is still a distant dream.”
Taking part in the project is simple: users can submit a short video from their window or balcony to an email address listed on the website....