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
Epicerie

“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
Ornate

“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.

106 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #204 Doors/Doorways

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  3. Hi Tina, you have a great variety of beautiful doors. My favorite is the metal door followed closely by the colored doors. I also enjoy all the stone work around some of the doors. 🙂

  4. Nothing evokes mystery as much as that tiny door tucked under those arches. Did you find out where it leads? Also the one with the picture of the bride is fantastic. Great job, Tina !

  5. A gorgeous gallery, Tina! I had trouble finding any doors at all – but I knew it wasn’t my best theme. So enjoy the others too! My favourite in your fantastic gallery is Laundry day. But I have a soft spot for laundry.

  6. Each door found its opening to delightful surprises…. The bride, the girl doing laundry…. the green door finding it’s way to well positioned delectables! .fun and interesting post

  7. A fantastic collection of old doors & doorways, Tina 👏 Really like the door with the roses in France, & yes, I did think the door in Tel-Aviv was in France, until I read the excerpt 😂

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  9. I would have missed the epicerie doors, the inside looks so inviting. Great selection here. I see you couldn’t resist a bit of ambush photography of a wedding shoot in Wat Angkor.

  10. We could learn a few things about the beauty of doors from our friends abroad, Tina! Doors in the US are so plain as a rule. Such beautiful captures and a good reminder to me while traveling to look for cool doors to photograph! My favorite is your opening shot of the gray doors behind the blue gate. Have a wonderful week!

  11. These door images are unique and beautiful, Tina. Wonderful to see various door designs around the world. Love the birde image. The rest of the doors are special.

  12. Such beautiful old doors Tina, all so different and each with its own colorful personality! My two favorites though are Laundry Day and seeing the beautiful girl sitting in the ancient door way. A lovely contrast of old and young. A great selection!

  13. Great collection, Tina. I stuck at your Image from Ankor-Wat. At the first moment Alice from Alice in Wonderland came up to my mind. I really love it. Very well done. A candid portrait of a lost young lady

  14. Like you I’m surprised to see how many door shots are sitting in my archives – I’m still sifting through them 🙂 You’ve come up with a wonderful variety! My favourite has to be the one you call Laundry Day – such an intriguing image with a peek into someone else’s world.

    • Thanks Jude – I guess we are less apt to focus on doors with which we’re familiar so foreign doors draw our attention. Nearby Charleston has some marvelous doors and doorways. I shall have to pay better attention the next time I’m there with camera in hand!

      • I spent many an hour photographing the doors in the older part of Ludlow when I lived there, I don’t think a single one escaped my lens!

  15. That last quote by Levenstein is currently describing me. Never thought about it that way. Just when I wondered how you come to have such a collection of pictures, the quote explains it.

  16. This is realy a fine collection of old doors, you certainly have the right eyes for it !
    The second shot is my favorite as for the other ones…. I always aks myself: ‘what”s behind ?”
    Have a lovely sundag and many greets,
    Rudi

  17. Tina, what a wonderful selection of doors. I loved the colors and textures of many. Some saying welcome while others saying please do come in! Great post and photography.

  18. Truly a global adventure here with doors (and maybe after the local vistas we needed this even more – ha)
    And my top ones today might be the Buenos Aires four

    • Thanks Sharon – right downtown in CHS. BTW, saw Diane Allen this afternoon – sounds like Bend is in the cards for a few old (long-tenured, not aged) friends this year. Have fun!

    • Thanks so much for that Mike and Kellye – I must admit it’s one of my all-time favorites. A lucky catch as the door would not usually be open.The door is beautiful enough on its own but I thought having the peek inside really made it a bit more special.

  19. Doors are one of my favorite subjects…always wondering what’s behind them. Really loved these selections, Tina.

  20. What a wonderful selection, Tina. There’s something very enticing about the epicerie, not just the food, and that Jerusalem shot is somehow world weary but real world shot. My two favourites… I think. Happy travels, hon!

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