Doors- Why Doors?

litho2This door is in Klaipeda Lithuania. It was a mixture of the old and new. Old worn wood of the door competes with the brand new cement surround, and of course above the door, a carved wooden dragon of sorts guards those coming in and out.  The carved wooden dragon is a Lithuanian art form. One finds all sorts of carved wooden objects in this northern country.

I had a conversation with a little chap the other day. We were sharing what we loved doing. He, a video-game and some funny YouTube Videos. Trying to keep things age appropriate, I decided to show him some of my photos of doors.  You could have stopped the world with his shock.

You photograph DOORS??????

Errm….Yes..

DOORS?!!!!

They are actually quite interesting.

Doors? My friends are never going to stop talking about this! Never. This is not even something old people do.

Sigh… There you go…from the mouth of babes…but it did make me think. Why Doors? Doors are of course an entryway, but it’s  much more than an object to keep the cold and intruders out. A door says so much about the life indoors, the people behind them. A door can be friendly, tired, worn, shinning new, polished daily, adorned with ornaments that would even make the Queen think twice about not wiping her feet before entering. For me, doors are quite magical things, a division between one world and another.

And as for my young friend…I am NOT that OLD!

About susan sheldon

I am an explorer. It's taken me awhile to realise this. But I love capturing bits of our wonderful world with my camera, travelling through time and history, always returning to write, or paint what I've discovered. I use my Leica and my iPhone to capture images, and with those images I try to hold on to a feeling, a moment in our busy lives. Sometimes those moments bring me into the past, others into the studio to paint, or back to the old typewriter to try to use words to capture what the camera has done for me already. One of my goals in my blog is to have a space to take a breath away from our frantic world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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10 Responses to Doors- Why Doors?

  1. mmgilbert says:

    Why not doors? If not doors, what?

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    You are not alone in your love of doors. 🙂

  3. adrianpym says:

    Susan, have you discovered the Legion of Door Whores? I am re-blogging this post to the LDW.

  4. suej says:

    I have taken images of doors (and windows) for almost as long as I have taken photographs, and that spans a decade or three or more!

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