Ricoh GR1 + Kodak T-Max 400
Ever since I started photography as a serious pursuit, I’ve been fascinated with doors. Not just any door, of course, but distinctive doors. If you go through this blog you will find many examples of doors, and the fascination continues. I can’t quite explain it. Anyway, here is the door to a Chinese style temple in Bangkok’s Yaowarat area. Even though it’s anything but canon, I like that my silhouette can be seen in the bottom part of the photo.
Most of the spectacular doors I saw and shot in Rome were square, but this round door in a narrow street near the center appealed to me…
Until my little Roman escapade, I had never really shot urban facades wide angle. Sure, my go to lens (when not shooting a 35mm fixed lens) opens at 27mm which is pretty wide, but often insufficient for narrow streets or high facades. In Rome I had my 10-24mm lens (equivalent 15-36mm) and really discovered how cool that was to shoot high doors in narrow streets. This photo is an example of that.
Shelob’s Roman Abode
I always had this image of Rome being a historical center surrounded by a modern city, but last time I was there I realised that there’s a whole lot of old stone even outside the historical center. It may not be roman time stone, but it still looks fantastically cool. What first attracted me to this facade was the face, and then I saw the spider…
Rome is a marvel of old stone, and walking around on a sunny day you will find tons of interesting things for photographic material. My obsession with doors was fed, and then some. This one is one of my favourites.
Out the Door
Fuji xpro2, 25mm, f/4, 1/140s, ISO 200
I have this fascination for old doors, and so walking around Rome and enthused by the wonderful light, I was on the lookout for nice doors and door related scenes. I was standing in front of this door just as it opened and this lady came out. Magical moment.
Wood & Stone
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/75s, ISO 200
The weather wasn’t glorious during my short stay in Valencia, but you make the most of what you have. That’s why I went for a somewhat bleak processing of this old palace entrance near the Central Market. Goes with my series of Père Lachaise shots from a few months back.
The Front Door
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1000
I have an unwavering fascination with doors, especially when they are ornate or derelict or a mix thereof. I took a lot of photos of doors in Venice, most of them half-rotten canal doors. This one probably is the most representative, but I may do a « door » series in the not too distant future.
Under the Cherubs’ Eyes
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5,6, 1/60s, ISO 640
If you follow me you know that this type of composition is a classic for me, a moving subject under an interesting background. Some of the doors in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan are quite fascinating, this one being an example of that. Also straight of the X100S with minor post- tweaks.
Canon A2, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 125
I have a fascination with doors. This is a door from Trinity College in Dublin, shot on Ilford FP4+ film.