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