Doors to Different Realities

Vault Door

Vault Door -- 2011

There was a greeting card with the picture of a dog by a screen door with the caption, “A door is something the dog wants to be on the other side of.” Anyone with a dog knows the truth of that. If he’s in, he wants to be out — and if he’s out he wants in.

People, on the other hand, sometimes feel more ambivalent about entering doors. While curiosity or the desire for something may urge us on, passing through a door takes us into a different world, a different reality that may not be entirely comfortable. If we think about it, we may hesitate before passing through that door — or like the dog, we may want out as soon as we are in.

liquor door

Liquor Door -- 2011

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11 Comments on “Doors to Different Realities

  1. great work don. i really love the way you handle the subject of doors so creatively. the vault door seems organic with earth tones, curiously inviting while seeming tentative regarding access, and the liqour door is a real zinger with the foreground intact and crystal clear while the colors and the doors are in a haze

  2. stopping by again, just noticed, i clicked for the larger image, the foreground in liquor door seems almost surreal with the yellow strip around the curve, the railings seem to spell “H A”, while the shadows they cast are like A’s on both sides. the lower half of the picture reminds me of robert vickrey paintings, where the focus is the ground and the patterns and shadows upon it

  3. Thanks so much, tipota, for your kind comments. The two pictures are so different, with the one being organic and the other a zinger, as you say — yet the doorish theme is still there.
    Along with that blank big box wall, those railings by the liquor door were the visual element that first attracted me to that image. The way they are bent, and their shine and sparkle in the light by the yellow curb made them irresistible.

  4. The title and the story that my imagination goes on with the bottom “Liquor Door” like a shot, a shot of what…
    Great work!

  5. I’ve never seen a vault-door in real life! That’s a great image.

    The 2nd image almost makes the liquor store look like a fastfood restaurant: … I guess if it’s liquor than it could be a “fast fool” restaurant.
    I like the bent railings out front too!

  6. Thanks planetross! If you got locked inside, you’d get to watch that vault door for a long time. And you can tell it was windy by how those railings outside the Liquor door were swaying. Whoosh… Or was I just swaying?

  7. The vault door looks like a painting! And the liquor store reminds me of a 7-11 on speed. As always, great images.

  8. The top one… I love the light and the way you’ve somehow contrasted the dimensions in it…

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