Sunday, October 31, 2010

I Never Met a Door I Didn't Like

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:

Northern Mexico
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
Morenci, AZ


  1. Love, love, love the Joseph Campbell quote.

  2. These are some fantastic door photos Teresa! I really like them!

    Happy Sunday!
    xo Catherine

  3. This is a fabulous post Teresa E. Love the doors and the quotes. (Joseph Campbell is up there with Leonard cohen for me)

  4. I love all of your doors and the quotes but the one that really speaks to me is Joseph Campbell's
    "Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls." This is where I am at in my thinking right now.

  5. Your doors tell their story but also tell a story about you, the photogrrapher. You had your reasons for being in front of those doors. It wasn't random like one of the rain drops on my patio "doors" right now. Ha The little tricksters are going to get wet. You write about 2 of my favorite subjects of yesteryear..... doors and Joseph Campbell. You take lovely photos.
    Happy Halloween on this rainly Sunday..... but maybe it's Sunny in Mn.

  6. Linda, I'm glad you like that one, too. Your doors in Italy certainly spoke to me...

    Catherine, Thank You! Happy Sunday to you!

    Joan, Thank you, so much, for your words of encouragement, from one Cohen fan to another. He's the Man! :)

    Marilyn, I'm so glad it spoke to you. It is a really fine quote, isn't it?

    Manzanita, The sun is shining here in Minn-e-so-ta. Just came back from a walk down to the river. Thank you, for your kind words about my photos and this post. So glad I wrote of two of your favorite things, as well.

    Happy Halloween! I hope I get some youngsters, otherwise there will be hell to pay for that bag of Reese's PB Cups in my freezer.... :)

  7. They are all awesome photos, Teresa, but my favorite is your barn door! And the Goethe quote is perfect.

    I have a wonderful poster of all sorts of winery doors in Napa Valley and I love that poster.

  8. If I were still an English teacher, I would have my students read this post and gain inspiration about the metaphorical possibilities. Very enjoyable.

  9. I love the door photos and the quotes. Love the photo from Maplewood State Park, especially.

  10. Cheryl, Thanks so much. Your poster sounds great!

    Paul, I was once a HS English teacher myself, then life took me in another direction. You must have been a great teacher, given your own posts. I'm glad you enjoyed this post. Thanks for your kind words.

    Nancy, Thank You! There was an old homestead there many years ago and it was a photographers paradise. It was all sold off at auction, building by building. What a shame.

  11. Great pics! I love them and the quotes... Partial to the Joseph Campbell quote. I thought it was unique to add the car door pic with this collection. Good job...

  12. Hi Lynne, Yeah, that car door just begged to be included and I am partial to it. Joseph Campbell certainly encouraged a great many people along their path. What a fine contribution he made to this world.

  13. These are great photos! Wonderful quotes, too. I love seeing others' images of doors; however, I can't seem to take a good picture of one. My thing is bridges. Whenever I see one I've got to snap away!

  14. Thanks, Gail. Bridges are wonderful. I can certainly understand their appeal, what they represent.

  15. serious horray for doors. i posted about doorways last week. your pictures are entrancing and the quotes melt me--as you can imagine.

    i'm gonna look at your post again now!

  16. Michelle, Doors are wonderful things, aren't they? I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. You are a dear soul.

  17. Love the photos and quotes, nice to see them paired together; I like doors and also windows.

  18. Wonderful doors! Those photos are so great.
    I love all the quotes, they fit for various occassions. And I'll write them all in my notebook.
    One quote hit me personally. We had an irritating boss for a few years, and I got so mad one day that I slammed the door, so it could be heard in all the building.I'll never forget the feeling I had, when I had to go back. There was no other way out! I had to eat humble pie!

  19. Linda, Windows are wonderful, too!

    Grethe, Humble Pie, not a tasty treat. I've eaten it myself. :) Thank you for this message.

  20. Loved your photo and quote pairings. I liked the Joseph Campbell quote the best. Hope you're having a cozy weekend.

  21. Hi Karen, I'm working on cozy... :) Thank you!