Perhaps it's become apparent to some of you, due to the oohing and aahing I've done over images in your own postings, that I go ga-ga over doors. I love what they represent and have spent a lot of time taking their pictures, especially those that have been around awhile, as they seem to have developed a patina and a wizened look that is particularly appealing, sort of the elders in the tribe of doors. If they've been left ajar, so much the better.
I'm certainly not alone in my love for them. They seem to speak to many folks, and speak they do if we take the time to listen. They've seen things. They know things. The first building that popped into my head is the Dakota in New York City. I've not seen them in person, but can you imagine the tales those doors could tell? Then there's the quiet rusticity of old farm doors, or those that aren't really doors but passageways that allow for the constant flow of energy, transcending any notion of time even while appearing to define it.
Here are a few of my favorites from images I've taken here and there along with some quotes that I've also collected - some years ago, some more recently. I've always loved Aldous Huxley's quote. And then there's Michael Bridge, the last quote. I don't remember the context in which I found this so cannot determine who he is exactly, but that's okay. I don't think he'll mind if I pass his very thoughtful quote along to you. It's a powerful statement on the creative process, a process in which we all participate every moment of every day.
"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is, infinite." ~ Wm. Blake
"Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls."
~ Joseph Campbell
"There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception." ~ Aldous Huxley
"Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean." ~ Goethe
"The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge." ~ Meister Eckhart
"Don't ever slam a door. You might want to go back." ~ Don Herold, American humorist
"When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is completed in us, the doors of our souls fly open, and love steps forth to heal everything in sight."
~ Michael Bridge
My images from scanned 35mm photos:
Taos Pueblo, New Mexico
Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, NM
Pecos National Monument, NM
Maplewood State Park, Minnesota
My barn, MN
Lee's Ferry, near Page, Arizona