Lens-Artists Challenge #204 Doors/Doorways

door, gate, blue
Behind the Blue Gate

“My camera is my best friend when I travel. It opens doors for me and helps me see things I would not have noticed.”

P’all Stefansson

This week we welcome Guest Host Sylvia of My Colorful Expressions who has challenged us to focus on doors and/or doorways. Since I’ve been traveling these past two weeks I’ve taken a look through the archives for some of my favorites. It occurred to me as I searched that most of my door images were from our travels. Exhibit A, my opening image, was captured during our visit to Israel and Jordan. I loved the beautiful gates as well as the worn but lovely doors behind them.

doors, green, France

“Nothing attracts me like a closed door. I cannot rest until I have pried it open.”

Margaret Bourke-White

Another of my favorite door images, shown above, is from the Neve Tzedek area of Tel Aviv (although it could just as easily have been in France from the look of it). There’s only one thing in the image more enticing than those green doors – the delectable treats to be found inside!

doors, ornate, pillars

“Everything is interesting, even your doorstep.”

Anna Fox

In Jerusalem’s Old City I was drawn to the beautifully ornate doors above and the ancient portal below.

doors, laundry, Israel, old, worn
Laundry Day

“Photographs open doors into the past but they also allow a look into the future.”

Sally Mann

In Buenos Aires, these four nearly-identical doors caught my attention. What is it about doors that makes them so hard for photographers to resist?!

Similar but different, Buenos Aires, Argentina

“To me, that is what photography is – you walk along the street and something happens, and you get it.”

Joel Meyerowitz

Here in the U.S., the charming door below welcomes visitors to a little church we found along a country lane in upstate New York.

church, countryside, New York, doors, windows
Along a Country Lane, New York, USA

“The artist’s world is limitless. It is always on his doorstep.”

Paul Strand

In French Provence, a colorful entry is framed with flowers in full bloom:

door, roses, colorful, france
Floral Flair, Provence, France

“We all open the same door many times over and each time we open it a new light comes in.”

Stephanie Torbert

A quiet, spiritual spot in Vienna, Austria includes a slightly mysterious door beneath some beautiful arches:

door, church
Spiritual Scene, Vienna, Austria

“Don’t include the whole house if it’s the intricate doorknocker you are after.”

Leender Drukker

In Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat, we encountered a lovely bride framed by a doorway among the ruins

Bride, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Among the Ruins, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

“If you are curious, you create opportunities and if you open the doors you create possibilities.”

Mario Testino

Last but not least, some bright red doors closer to home in nearby Charleston, SC,

Red, door, charleston
Really Red, Charleston SC

“I walk, I look, I see, I stop, I photograph.”

Leon Levenstein

As I searched the archives for this week’s challenge, I was amazed to find so many images of doors – far more than I’ve included here. I’m sure we’ll enjoy many more doors in your responses – for which we offer our sincere thanks both to you and to Sylvia. Please be sure to link your posts to her original here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag. We also offer thanks to Anne for last week’s Local Vistas challenge. It was great fun seeing so much variety in the many places we all call home. Finally, I’ll be your host next week here on Travels and Trifles; I hope to see you then. In the meanwhile, as always please stay safe and be kind.


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