Entrances & Doors

Doors cover entrances. They provide protection, separate one space from another, and allow free movement in and out.

They can be small or large, ornate or plain, narrow or wide, keyed or sliding, swinging or revolving, open or closed. They can even be false.

Doors can be made of wood, iron, glass or mesh, and have knobs, handles, pulls, plates or nothing at all. Whatever their composition or design, they describe motion. They also tell us something about their owners and about the places they guard; some even inspire narratives.

Automatic doors test our faith – will they open when we approach?

Glass doors sometimes propel us beyond the immediate moment, causing us focus on the inside, our destination. Have you ever walked into one? It snaps your attention right back to the present.

Entrances and doors have been used as metaphors for hope, opportunity and inspiration. An open door suggests welcome. We recall happy times, laughter, and loved ones. A closed door piques curiosity. There’s mystery there, or is there?   It can also suggest a missed opportunity. There’s no mystery, however, when one’s been shut or slammed in your face.

Our lives are a series of entrances and exits.

How many entrances and doors will you walk through today?

Wooden Doors

Doors to William Churchill's suite, Jamaica Inn
Interior doors at Greenwood

When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.
“Coming in From the Cold” Bob Marley

Metal doors with handle
Light over ivory covered doors

 “Every exit is an entrance somewhere else.” Tom Stoppard

Buckingham Palace Entrance
Havana entrance with doors
Open doors in Havana
Looking through the doors
Looking at the sea through wrought iron doors

This post was inspired by Celia’s recent post at Africa to Asia.

This is my submission to Travel Photo Thursday, which is organized by Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox. Be sure to head over and check out more photos from locations around the world.


44 comments on “Entrances & Doors

  1. I love posts on doors as they really do come in all shapes, sizes and colours just like people. We need a new front door and I don’t want any old door. I want something with character as I think it says a little something about you. Your Havana door is my favourite.

  2. Doors if open give a peek into another world. If they are closed they lead me to think what might be on the other side. After going to Morocco I realize that a plain boring door can hide an amazing riad on the other side.

  3. This is a great collection of doors, Marcia! I’m drawn to the Paris, Havana and Jamaica doors. i love how you incorporated those lovely quotes in here. Wonderful post!

  4. There’s mystique in some of these doors and others, you really want to get to the other side of to know what happens on a daily basis. And just imagine, or maybe you don’t have to since you’re there, but exiting your door and seeing that beautiful Jamaican water. Nice place to chill anytime.

  5. Beautiful narration and what a variety of doors. They are all so different and all so pretty. I too love to capture doors, they do have mystery about them 🙂
    Have a lovely weekend Marcia 🙂

  6. Beautiful shots! I\’ve already purchased an architectural album about doors, there are really beautiful examples around the world!

  7. Doors and windows are two of my favorite photo subjects. All of these are beautiful. I particularly like the second one from Havana…so classy!

  8. Each door tells a different story, doesn’t it? Very interesting post — you’ve got me thinking. Now what about revolving doors? I suppose they make us wonder if we’re coming or going!

  9. Am I the only one with “Come On Baby Light My Fire” going through my head? These are definitely some great door photos Marcia. Right now I’m wishing I could walk through those last two Jamaica doors. They seem to be separating me from where I’d like to be right about now.

  10. Hahaha, I hear you, Steve. And yes, I did think about The Doors when I was putting the post together. That Greatest Hits album, especially, is burned into my head.

  11. Great observation, Cathy, I hadn’t even thought of it. But now I’m thinking of a scene from a movie when two people meet in a revolving door and keep going round until one — I think it was the guy – stopped it. Can’t remember which movie it is though.

  12. Living in the country, I barely have a front door. I think if just ten people have stepped upon my front stoop in 5 years, that would be an overestimate. I appreciate the art of a front door and entry way, however, it is what welcomes someone into your home and a peep into what lies inside. I know that if I ever make my way back to civilization, I will consider very highly the way that my home presents itself to the outside world. Thanks for the imagery and the beautiful display of welcomes.

  13. I also love doors and windows in foreign places – they all seem to tell such a story! When I was in Morocco, the doors were built right into the walls so you had no idea what was behind them – it was very cool.

  14. I’ve yet to visit Morocco but I’ve seen photos of some of its doors — pretty impressive.
    I’d love to see them! Thanks for your comment, Koren.

  15. You’re welcome, Marc.
    Your comment made me think of the things, like doors, that we take for granted and how different our lives can be. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

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