A door just opened on a street
A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.
The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,–
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Isn’t that a beautiful simple little poem? I discovered Emily Dickinson a few years ago. She was a prolific poet but very shy and only ever had a dozen or so of her verses published in her lifetime. I felt a bit of an affinity with her. Over the years I have taken thousands and thousands of photographs yet rarely had the courage to put them in the public domain.
So to the point of this post. I have a geeky little secret (GLS). More than one actually but we don’t know each other well enough yet for me to admit to more at this point. My GLS #1 is that I have a thing for doors and windows. Not just any doors and windows mind, they have to have a ‘somethingness’ about them. ‘Somethingness’ is a real technical photography expression…well ok I invented it but it should be a real technical photography expression. It means, “Makes Debra stop and say ‘Ooh!'”
Lots of doors and windows make me do this but until fairly recently I was rather shy about photographing them in case someone thought I was a) batshit crazy and called the police, b) a door or window salesman and hurled abuse at me then called the police, c) a burglar casing the building and called the police. I have a somewhat vivid imagination as you can tell.
Certainly I still feel slightly self-conscious pointing my DSLR at residential properties. I’m getting braver though and the couple of times I have been spotted by the home-owner he or she has been either flattered or bemused but treated me as benign. I feel much less shy about using my phone and it’s quicker, more discreet and readily available, which suits my natural introversion!
I decided to start a little gallery of my door and window shots. I hope you enjoy them.