Here are some tips for photographing doors this week:
This sounds obvious but first, start looking at doors. Most are mundane. But after a while you will start noticing that some stand out. Look for color, shape, decoration and detail. Find that door with personality.
This challenge is about closed doors so no peaking inside!
Churches are great places to find beautiful doors especially old churches because they tend to be ornate, including their doors. Here is the front door to St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in the Shaw neighborhood in south St. Louis.
Some places are known for their doors. Many places in Europe have old and interesting doors – doors that have been around for centuries. In the U.S., the older cities like New Orleans work as well.
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “New Orleans makes it possible to go to Europe without ever leaving the United States.” I’ve have the best luck finding doors in the French Quarter.
But don’t discount the doors closer to home. Go and explore an old neighborhood in your city. The older buildings tend to have more interesting architectural details. They were built in an age that seemed to have more pride in craftsmanship. And older doors, if not well maintained, will display a patina or a weathered texture or peeled paint. That is why I even enjoy venturing into depressed neighborhoods with abandoned buildings. Though make sure you watch out for your personal safety!
These doors are from depressed neighborhoods in north St. Louis.
Don’t forget to look for industrial doors, too. Often these doors will show the wear and tear of use. These doors are in West Bottoms, an old factory/warehouse district near downtown Kansas City, that is being revived as a resale and entertainment district. This photo shows doors in three stages: open (or rather, missing), half open, and closed.
Remember this challenge is about photographing when one door closes…..(another opens).