Sunday, 25 August 2013

When the Lord closes a door... he's probably taking a photo of a window

In The Sound of Music, Maria wisely says: "when the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window".

And just as well given my preoccupation with taking "portal photos" while travelling.

Seville, Spain
Forbidden City, Beijing
Not necessarily photos of windows or doors with people or animals in them.  In fact, I usually prefer the opposite.  Just the window.  Or just the door.

Open or closed.  Ornate or plain.  It seems I don't really care.

Hoi An, Vietnam
Grand doors to a grand ceiling in Denmark
Is this the result of the trauma inflicted during childhood from not picking the right window to look through on Play School?  Or do other travellers share a similar obsession with these inanimate objects?

Window with bonus flower box in Finland
Looking back through some travel photos recently, I was a bit shocked by the volume of window and door shots I seem to have collected.   Is this some kind of obsessive compulsive disorder, voyeuristic tendencty, or is there some hidden meaning here about wanting to discovering what lies behind the superficial?

Seville cathedral
No door or window, but a wall in Riga, Latvia

With their plethora of ornate windows and doors, certain buildings, like churches, temples, castles and halls, are a bit of a mecca for me.   Though I'm also a sucker for a good window flower box it seems.

Doors and windows surrounded by snow, forest or desert, I don't mind.   Just make sure there's no one standing in front of it or coming through it.  I don't need them crowding up the shot.

Snow-covered temple in Nozawa Onsen, Japan
Jodhpur, India

Looking back, I seem to have really hit my stride in Spain.  Either there were a lot of decorative portals in this country or I had a lot of sangria... or both.

Window blackboard in Finland
Castle window with a view in Estonia
Though photos of doors and windows in India and Asia also seem to swallow up their fair share of megabyte storage.


The Circus, Bath

I do wonder what I thought I was going to do with all this "portal porn"?   Perhaps I thought one day I would try and recreate some of these in my little Brisbane unit?   Just not sure how the body corporate might feel about medieval stained glass windows or oak doors.

Houses of Parliament, London
In my defence, I would like to think windows and doors sometimes make pretty nifty framing devices.

Window with a view of Budapest

Doorway leading to the Taj Mahal, India

1 comment:

  1. I think that is a great idea Mathew! Post a picture of your own door! Door into Brisvegas! Complete with dancers.