Tuesday, March 29, 2011

the other side

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Doors. Do you ever see a door that looks so intriguing, so different than what you are accustomed to, and wish you could peek inside. Just a peek, to see what life on the other side of that door is like? While 'on holiday' ten years, ago I became fascinated by the windows and doors of Europe. I took, what was for me (I was shooting film at the time), quite a few photos of them all along our trip. I don't see many doors like the one above in my daily life in the Midwestern small town where I live. This a favorite from my trip. I love the texture of the plaster around the doors and the warm beauty of the wood, and what looks to be a pull for some type of bell next to the door. I study this photo and wonder. I wonder who lives there, behind such imposing doors. I wonder what it looks like inside this home. I try to imagine what it is like at the end of the day to walk up the cobble-stone street to arrive home, unlock this door and slip inside. And I wish I had reason to pull that handle, to hear the ring of the bell and get a glimpse of what lies behind these doors.

Karin's photo of a bright yellow door gave me the same feeling. Oh how I would love to ring the bell, push open that fabulous yellow door and step inside a fairy-tale cottage.

dreaming . . . maureen of Cottage 960

Yellow Door (to fairy tale land?)
Yellow Door (to fairy tale land?) by Karin van D

17 comments:

Suvarna said...

both these doors are so intriguing, beautiful shots.
and yes, I know this feeling, this summer I was in Denmark in the seaside town of Ribe. (It is a very old village a seaport from viking times.) The doors there were so beautiful and different I had to hold myself back from shooting all of them.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

What a fantastic door! I did the same thing while in Italy. I fell in love with the doors and window. Every window seemed to have a box over flowing with gorgeous flowers.

The little cottage is so adorable. The sunny yellow and the rusty old gate are a perfect match.

Anika said...

Love both of these!

Jillsy Girl said...

In most cases, American residential doors are so ho-hum, bread and butter, lack of character entrances. Especially if you live in the burbs.

I'd love to have a home that begged for an unusual door like they do in foreign countries.

urban muser said...

these are beautiful door photos. i too wonder what lies on the other side of both of them.

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

These are gorgeous. I want to peek behind that yellow door. So inviting.

Megan Belcher said...

Beautiful photos!

Anna said...

These doors do look to be portals to equally amazing interiors! The door shots seem to get everyones imaginations running.

Ashley Sisk said...

I'm the same way - curiosity always gets me. Great pairing!

Rosie said...

Such beautiful doors! I'd love to see what's behind them!

Deanna (dks10) said...

How wonderful, makes you believe there is magic behind those doors.

Jamie said...

Oh, both of these make me want to know more. To enter the doors and see more beauty.

Kirstin said...

What wonderful doors, Maureen. Oh, wouldn't it be lovely to peek inside?

Linda Makiej said...

Wonderful door shots!! Really inviting!

mosey said...

I'd be happy to walk through either of those doors. Lovely...

Lesley said...

I love doors and gates, it's always so intriguing to imagine what might be behind them.
These are beautiful- that yellow door is so cheerful looking, it must lead to a happy house!

Karin van D. said...

I just now saw my picture here. I'm so honoured. Thanks Maureen!

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