Gallery: when one door closes …
We all know that saying: when one door closes another one opens. Doors symbolise opportunity, a chance to discover something new and maybe unexpected. There’s also a sense of mystery about a door, especially an unusual one. What would we find were we able to open it?
In the universe there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between there are doors.William Blake
Perhaps that’s why so many of us like to photograph doors. Not only are many of them decorative in their own right, they also pose a question for the viewer.
This week’s Lens Artists Challenge guest host, Sylvia, invites us to share appealing or distinctive doorways. I certainly have plenty of those in my photo archives! So the challenge for me lay in selecting some that I may not have shared before, although a few old favourites may have crept it. Together they form, I hope, an interesting collection.
As always my photos were taken mainly, but not exclusively, on my travels. My feature image is of a shop sign in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Far away blue doors
In Jaisalmer’s old town
On Train Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Much closer to home doors
Front door in my home suburb of Ealing, west London (not ours, unfortunately!)
An old Huguenot house in London’s Spitalfields
Key-cutting shop in Sofia, Bulgaria
In Tarrafal on Santiago, Cape Verde
And doors enticingly ajar
In the Medersa Ben Youseff, Marrakesh
In Bundi, Rajasthan
Very old doors
In Al Hamra, Oman
In Arpino, Lazio, Italy
Long past their best doors!
On a back street in Faro, Portugal
In Al Minzafah, Ibra, Oman
Doors with style
In Mechelen, Belgium
In Lucca, Italy
Doors with a message
Clock tower door, St Albans, England
In Reykjavik, Iceland
Doors to churches
The Roman Catholic Church in Reykjavik
Detail of the door of the Duomo, Pisa
Brightly painted doors
In Sofia, Bulgaria
A house in Paraty, Brazil
Keep it simple doors
In Twisp, Washington State
In the small village of Machuca in the Atacama Desert, Chile
And some not so easy to spot doors
In the Rue Riad Zitoun Lakdim, Marrakesh
In Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
A beautiful selection of doors from around the world, Sarah!
Thank you Annie, I really appreciate all your lovely comments 😊
Wow! What a gorgeous gallery. I like the first picture for the intricacy of the door, and the colorful artwork surrounding it.
Thank you Siobhan 😊 That door in Jaisalmer was decorated with the Ganesh painting for a wedding, according to our guide there.
I never knew I like doors so much until our first visit to Malta. It’s amazing the amount of beautiful doors one can find on your travels (or even when wandering through your own neighbourhood). Oh, that first one in Marrakesh and Oman … every one is a work of art. You have such a wonderful collection of doors here … and I bet this is not all of them 😊.
You’re so right, I have very many photos of doors I could have included 😆 Glad you enjoyed seeing these ones!
I loved your piece on doors, Sarah. Beautiful introduction. Then I saw your first door picture with Ganesha, the God of Good Beginning, on the wall. It couldn’t be more prophetic. I truly loved this global tour and the variety you showcased was mindboggling. Great job!
Aw, thank you so much Sheetal 😊 I really enjoyed putting this piece together and lots of the photos I found in my archives brought back such good memories, including that one in Jaisalmer. I loved that old city!
A terrific gallery, Sarah – enjoyed it to the full!
Thank you Ann Christine, I’m happy to hear that 😀
You really have a great collection of pictures!!
Thanks so much Leela 😀
Great photos. Love photographing doors myself.
Thanks Claus – yes, it’s interesting how many of us enjoy photographing doors 🙂
So nice, so beautiful. You made us travel the world with just showng us doors. Thank you. Ulrike
Thank you Ulrike, lovely to hear from you 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed your ‘world tour’!
Fabulous collection Sarah. The post construction is perfect 🙂
Thanks so much Brian 😊 I used the ‘media and text’ block for the construction, one of my favourites. I do enjoy trying to get the page to look good as well as the images, so I’m very happy you picked up on that!
You have an amazing collection of interesting doors from around the world! I like the open doors best.
Thank you – yes, an open door gives you a glimpse into another world that otherwise you can only imagine 🙂
Doors to make you smile… doors to make you envious. Sofia, Marrakesh, Ibra, Lucca… any of those.
Thank you Jo – I’m happy to have made you smile, less so to have made you envious! I’m sure you’ve seen very many beautiful doors too 🙂
Such wonderful and unusual doors, Sarah, you have a such a great collection and each with its own story. The door saying “Commit No Nuisance” is my favorite, I love its beautiful, subtle colors and details. A terrific post!
Thank you for that really lovely comment Sylvia ☺
What a fabulous door gallery. Each is unique and tells a story. Beautifully captured, Sarah!
Thank you Amy, I’m happy you liked my doors and the stories they tell 😀
Mike and Kellye Hefner
Thank you, Sarah, for opening doors to so many of the amazing places you have visited. I (Kellye) took particular interest in the one that said “commit no nuisance”. That is so much nicer sounding than the “no trespassing” and “keep out” signs we see around West Texas. Always love seeing your posts!
Thank you Kellye. I guess that sign was intended to cover not only trespassing but also other forms of nuisance such as littering!
What a wonderful collection of doors Sarah! Very eclectic and beautiful.
Thank you Anne, I’m glad you enjoyed them 🙂
philosophy through photography
You have presented us the entire world’s doors.
Each door is unique in its own way
A visual treat indeed.
Thank you Sarah
Ha, the entire world?! Maybe not, but I do get around 😆
philosophy through photography
Yeah…for me it looks you have brought the entire door collection at my doorstep.
And thank you for this.
Let there be doors. Outstanding. From the breadth of locations, you must have a good search engine.
Glad you liked them John – but I don’t get the reference to the search engine? I took all of these myself, as always (unless otherwise stated) 🙂
I was wondering how you find them in what must be a massive archive. My apple photos library allows a rudimentary search, often unsuccessful.
Oh right, I get you! No search engine and I don’t index or keyword my shots. I just rely on a decent filing system, a reasonable memory of the sort of shots I took in each place, and a lot of browsing!
There’s something disproportionately photogenic about doors, as demonstrated by this collection.
That’s a good way of putting it Phil – ‘disproportionately photogenic’ 😀
What an amazing selection. You have such a good eye for spotting the unusual.I was surprised though that there were none from that street in Funchal where all the doors are painted a different picture. I could not stop photographing them.
Thank you Yvonne 🙂 The absence of photos from Funchal is easily explained as I’ve never been there and don’t know the street you mention!
An absolutely fabulous collection. And I love how you grouped them! Your opening comments made me think: I,too, wonder about the people and activities behind doors we see in our travels.
Thanks so much Rusha, I’m glad you liked these and got thinking about the doors you’ve seen on your travels too 🙂
I’m a recent follower and very much enjoying your site. You give me more ideas and make me think – thank you. I take lots of photo’s but very basic ones with my iPhone. 🙂
Thank you so much, I really appreciate the feedback. I hope following a variety of blogs will encourage you to get more ambitious with your photography – it’s such a rewarding hobby! I tried to check out your blog but your gravatar profile doesn’t seem to include a link. Do share one so I can see what you’re blogging about 🙂