Friday, May 27, 2011

When a Door Closes.....

 My Dad would tell me when I was feeling bad  about something that was over...
"When One
Door Closes
 Another One Opens"
 this isn't a new idea, but is so very true.
I love doors, especially ancient ones. I am not sure why the fascination.
When I holiday I take photos of other peoples doors,
 abandon building doors.
They paint a picture in my mind far beyond what I see...I can hear the echo of peoples voices of time gone before,
babies being born....children laughing, entire generations who lived and dreamed behind those doors..who entered with love and left with sadness...

Sometimes it is I who close the door for various reasons.....
the baby is sleeping and needs quiet....
the room is a mess and I don't want to see it, there is a
memory there I don't want to deal with
....the bathroom,
I always close the bathroom door, it is a privacy issue
I cannot sleep with my bedroom door open, it has to be
closed......I can see a storm is coming and it will protect my house to shut it out......closing the door on a friendship that wasn't what you thought it was, is sometimes
 the only way to keep your dignity ......

 
So many doors, each with its own unique story of who
crossed the threshold and with what intention.....There are people who will grace your doorway with their kindness and light....and people who will darken it with bad intention and selfishness....
I want to be the light carrier....




Some doors just look like they
would be too much fun to open
...a treasure waits inside I am sure
even if only a feast for the eyes
Perhaps it is just the story I make
up about who lived there and how
they loved and laughed and cried
.....The disrepair of some doors
tells me that many have opened and
shut this same door...each with their
own reason.....

I have probably opened more doors than I have closed

.....I can walk out of a room and leave the door open.....this is not to say those left inside
have not slammed it behind me.....I say all is as
it should be if that is the case.....Some doors have
been slammed so forcefully they come off their
hinges....nothing will fix those doors.....
Still there have been times when I have left and
the house doesn't know I am gone.....
There are doors I want to visit...like this  ancient door it the side of a stone house....How many feet have trod this path and paused at this door...do you think whomever built it had any idea the enchantment it would hold for generations to come?  Ah, but alas the door is closed and the answers will never be revealed ....


I think I would beg to be allowed through this door way......









So finally here is my favorite door today....
You can see it was once beautiful in its brand new state....I think it is even more beautiful with its layers and layers of paint, peeling and cracked. Every coat adding a richness and depth....some doors have no depth to them...they are shallow...You can see this door has kept the weather out, provided shelter, allowed for the light to shine through.....It has been opened and closed so many times it doesn't shut tight....and that is okay too. I am heading towards the light....knock on my door I will invite you in.......





Thanks to the google images I borrowed for this project- I know I am not alone in my door quest



 

19 comments:

Carla said...

What a truley lovely lovey post.............hoping on a day to day basis I see a lot of creative people out here, but I have to say that I really enoyed reading your post today and all he pictures of all these fabulous doors..........I have had some slammed in my face a time or tow, but I always know that just around the corner another one will open for me! Thanks for sharing!

madebyKarla said...

Cool! thanks for sharing this beautiful post. I like doors too. I had a calendar with photos of doors 2 years ago. loved it!

Vicki said...

Great post..I would beg to enter that second to last one too!

Kristy said...

Love your post !! Thank you for inviting me over ! I too love doors. Fascinating and very inspiring pictures!!! Going to add you to my list !!!111111111111 Xoxoxox Kristy

Anonymous said...

very beautiful my dear. i wish you could pass through every door you want. and i hope to be at your side for them all


romeo

Micupoftea~ said...

I have a thing about doors too! I even bought some pretty postcards with photos of doors from around the world on them...but won't mail them to anyone because I like the scenes so much!! lol

Rbarakat said...

I love this post, beautiful. I have a facination with old doors and buildings as well!

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...
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Cameron said...

Wow! What a soulful post about the journey of life and the doors we open and close in the process!

Such an enjoyable read...and gorgeous door pics :)

Twiglet said...

Blogger wouldn't let me play on WOYWW so I am catching up now! What a lot of lovely things you have been busy playing with. I am really glad I popped over to see your blog today - daughter M and I have been working on little door collages - check out todays blog. Thanks for sharing. x Jo

firstnightdesign said...

Oh, the joy of doors - great post!

Amanda said...

What a lovely and fascinating post! I so enjoyed all of the door photos and mosaics you created. Thank you for sharing such wonderful thoughts and ideas.
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Joanne said...

You never fail to amaze me - you would think I would know you by now but I am still blown away by your thoughts and creativity. I love reading your blog.... and I can reassure you that you are definitely a "bringer of light" to my door anytime.

p.s. I have slammed a lot of doors in my time...now I feel like such an abuser!

Kirsty.a said...

What a beautiful post. I have never thought about doors in this way before

The Paper Princess said...

I love this post and all of the beautifully inspiring projects you have posted - visiting you is always a joy!

And YEAH - thanks for letting me know about this year's Where Women Create Party! :)

Ramona :-)

http://create-with-joy.com
Twitter: @createwithjoy1

Debra said...

love this post and the collection of door photos you have collected here...I would love to walk through a door and greet you one day, new friend

Kathy said...

Thanks for stopping by to visit. I love this post! I share your addiction! Doors and windows are one of my favourite things to photograph. Love the beautiful turquoise of your favourite door too! Keep on creating!

nancybabb said...

I was surfing the web one day and found a website called Entrances To Hell. !!!
http://www.entrancestohell.com/entrances.php

Very interesting! I had to hang around long enough to check it out... It is photos from all over the world that folks have taken suggesting gateways...some are really kinda funny.

I know, nothing to do with your beautiful doors, but them made me think of the site... there are some doors there.

Have you heard of the Winchester House? It was built by the widow of the inventor of the Winchester gun. She put doors in EVERYWHERE even to the outside on the second floor (with no stairs to go down)...if you went through the door you got the express down! She was trying to confuse the ghosts that she was convince were out to get her.

Hummmm...never thought so much about doors before! Very interesting.

Lovey said...

What an enchanting and beautiful post Pam....