Doors come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colours, but until I started following Norm 2.0’s weekly feature called Thursday Doors, I hadn’t really given much thought to what kind of door captured my attention and imagination.
So I started musing on some of the photos I’ve taken recently.
Like this plain wooden door found at Guildwood Park in Toronto. I can’t help but be drawn in by the wooden Viking-type carvings which frame the otherwise ordinary doorway – like Sentinels that guard the entrance as if to intimidate anyone meaning harm.
It was several visits to this park before a friend recently pointed out the owl carving around the keyhole – a detail I had never noticed.
This doorway in Oslo is so beautifully imposing with its grand pillars complete with *Guardians* steadfastly watching the street below.
The door itself is unremarkable except maybe for the grillwork on top, but it’s the curved turret-like facade to the entrance that caught my eye.
This door closing off the courtyard at the old fortress in Oslo captured my attention for all its metal studs and simple metal bar. Metal and studs combined with brick … a combination guaranteed to get my attention.
Little Hobbit-type doors are always interesting … the kind with a doorknob that seems to be closer to knee level than normal and forces a wise person to duck their head upon entering.
However, my favourite tend to be doors that turn out to be portals that lead to a courtyard where there are other doors – like this passageway found in Kalmar, Sweden.
I’m attracted to these courtyards like bees to honey. It speaks to a different time when security was measured by the number of physical barriers between the outside world and that which was valued.
Today that security seems to be measured by more intangible barriers like firewalls, encryption protocols, and passwords. These fail to capture my imagination in quite the same way.
Call me old-fashioned.